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Arsenal locked in negotiations with representatives of 16-year-old goal machine

Arsenal are reportedly locked in contract negotiations with the new representatives of a young striker who is scoring goals for fun

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Arsenal are reportedly locked in contract negotiations with the new representatives of academy striker Chido Obi-Martin, whose prolific goal-scoring form has captured attention this season.

The rise of Obi-Martin has been nothing short of spectacular. His remarkable performance saw him bag an incredible 10 goals for Arsenal’s U16s during a commanding 14-3 victory over Liverpool U16s last November. Subsequently, he swiftly moved to Arsenal’s U18s, where he continued to dazzle, netting seven goals in a dominant 9-0 triumph against Norwich U18s last week.

At just 16 years old, Obi-Martin has emerged as one of Arsenal’s most promising academy talents, sparking a fierce tug-of-war between the Gunners and German giants Bayern Munich. However, Arsenal face a formidable challenge in retaining the services of Obi-Martin, given the teenager’s dual-nationality status and current Football Association (FA) regulations, which present a hurdle.

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Despite Bayern Munich’s keen interest, Arsenal are actively negotiating a new contract with Obi-Martin’s newly appointed representatives, Elite Project Group. Notably, Elite Project Group also manages the affairs of Bukayo Saka, former Gunner Folarin Balogun, and England winger Jadon Sancho, as confirmed by journalist Fabrizio Romano.

Arsenal youngster Chido Obi-Martin

Arsenal youngster Chido Obi-Martin (Image credit: Getty Images)

Romano posted: “Arsenal are in negotiations with Chido Obi Martin’s new agents Elite Project Group. He’s picked the same agents as Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho, Folarin Balogun. #AFC still pushing to agree on contract terms with 16 year old gem.”


Under FA regulations, Obi-Martin is ineligible to sign a professional contract with Arsenal until his 17th birthday on November 29. However, unlike in England, players in certain European countries like Germany can ink professional deals at the age of 16, heightening the allure for clubs like Bayern Munich.

The aftermath of Brexit has seen Premier League youngsters holding European Union (EU) passports, such as Obi-Martin, become prime targets for German clubs. The prospect of immediate professional contracts and first-team opportunities has spurred Bayern Munich’s pursuit of Obi-Martin, as reported by The Times.

Arsenal are also in contract negotiations with another academy star Amario Cozier-bury who will be a free agent in the summer and he is a target of Newcastle United.

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