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Arsenal could allow one player to join English club because of Hollywood stars

Arsenal could consider allowing one of their players to join another English club in the summer due to the influence of two Hollywood stars

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Arsenal goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo may soon secure a permanent move to Wrexham, fueled by the financial backing of Hollywood owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney.

Currently on loan with League Two side Wrexham, the 22-year-old shot-stopper has been a standout performer throughout the season, conceding only 25 goals in 28 league appearances. With Okonkwo’s contract expiring in the summer, Wrexham sees an opportunity to offer him an enticing deal, potentially warding off interest from other clubs.

Despite Okonkwo’s status as a Premier League goalkeeper, he is keen on regular playing time, something he’s unlikely to secure at Arsenal behind David Raya and Aaron Ramsdale. Wrexham’s ambition to ascend to higher echelons aligns with Okonkwo’s aspirations, making a permanent move an appealing prospect.

Former League Two manager and England international Carlton Palmer expressed confidence in Wrexham’s ability to retain Okonkwo. Palmer highlighted Wrexham’s upward trajectory and financial resources as compelling factors for the young goalkeeper to commit to their project.

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On loan Arsenal goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo (Image credit: Getty Images)

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Palmer told Football League World: “He’s had a fantastic season and he’s still only 22. He’s kept 11 clean sheets in 28 matches this term, and he has been exceptional. Wrexham is an exciting project, they’re on the up and Okonkwo is getting regular game time.
“He’s been very good, very consistent and looks to have a bright future ahead of him. With the owners of Wrexham having deep pockets and plenty of ambition, I think they have every chance to sign him permanently.
“Of course, there will be other EFL clubs interested in him, but if you’re a player at Wrexham it must be an exciting time as they see how far they can go. They’re on the cusp of getting back-to-back promotions which would be incredible and for a young keeper this is perfect for him.

“I’m sure Wrexham can entice the keeper to sign a contract with them and to continue on that journey.” Okonkwo has had big shoes to fill after Ben Foster announced his decision to retire at the start of the season.

While interest from Championship and League One clubs persists, Wrexham’s promising trajectory and potential back-to-back promotions make them an attractive destination for Okonkwo. With just eight games remaining in the season, Wrexham sits third in League Two, firmly in contention for automatic promotion.

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