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Mikel Arteta pushing Arsenal to offer big contract to 28-goal striker

Arsenal are reportedly ready to open contract talks with a striker who has shattered the goalscoring record at the club

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Arsenal are reportedly gearing up to offer a contract to their young prodigy, Chido Obi-Martin, following his stellar performance in the academy this season. 

The 16-year-old striker showcased his exceptional talent by scoring an impressive seven goals during the Under-18 team’s dominant 9-0 victory over Norwich City on Saturday.

Throughout the season, Obi-Martin has been a standout performer, garnering attention with a remarkable 10-goal display for Arsenal’s Under-16s against Liverpool. His goal-scoring prowess has continued with notable performances against Southampton and Crystal Palace for the U18s.

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Although Obi-Martin currently holds a scholarship agreement with Arsenal, which will commence at the start of the 2024-25 season, the club is poised to offer him a professional contract once he turns 17 in November 2025. Despite his young age, Obi-Martin has already trained with Mikel Arteta’s first team, making a substitute appearance in Premier League 2 and featuring in the UEFA Youth League.

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Arsenal are reportedly set to offer professioinal contract to Chido Obi-Martin (Image credit: Getty Images)

Following his latest stellar performance against Norwich, where he netted seven goals in just over an hour, Obi-Martin has garnered widespread acclaim and became a trending topic on social media. His exceptional goal-scoring record speaks for itself, with an impressive 28 goals in the U18 Premier League season and a staggering 25 goals in his last nine games.

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Despite attracting interest from clubs across Europe, Obi-Martin has reaffirmed his commitment to Arsenal, expressing his desire to stay with the club for the long term. He praised Arsenal as a nurturing environment for young talent and emphasized the opportunities provided by the coaching staff for player development.

“I would like to stay at Arsenal for a long time. It’s a good club, I can feel that I’m getting much better in training. There are a lot of good people and good coaches, so I’m really happy to be there. 

“Maybe I will have to play permanently at U21 from next season. There aren’t that many strikers in the squad so it will be a good opportunity for me. Arsenal is a club that gives young talents the opportunity to play.”

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