Jonathan Dinzeyi has made headlines this week for leaving Tottenham Hotspur to join Arsenal.
The Gunners announced that they have signed the 20-year-old up to a professional contract.
Despite being on Tottenham’s books, Dinzeyi has admitted to Arsenal’s official website that he always supported those on the red half of the North London divide.
He said: “It’s a great feeling [to join]. Arsenal are a massive club and they were actually the first club I supported as a child.”
Dinzeyi is predominantly a centre-back but it looks like he’ll have to impress in the Under-23s before given a chance in Mikel Arteta’s side – if he ever reaches the level required.
That’s because not only is he untested at Premier League level, but Arsenal have a lot of central defenders.
Ironically, Tottenham have a lot less and staying with Spurs might’ve been considered a safer option, but the Emirates Stadium club are building something exciting at youth level and, hopefully, it’ll lead to Dinzeyi – and a host of other young players who have joined the club over the past week – being ushered into the first team eventually.
As far as senior defensive options go, Arsenal are expected to announce the signing of Gabriel Magalhaes shortly.
It was widely reported on Sunday that they had agreed a £27 million deal with Lille for the Brazilian and Gabriel, if he joins, is another reason why Dinzeyi will have to make his bones in the youth set-up first.