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Arthur Okonkwo: “I Want To Be Crewe Number One”

30 July 2022

Arthur Okonkwo says he aims to become Crewe Alexandra’s first-choice goalkeeper.

The 20-year-old, who has signed on loan from Arsenal until the end of the season, has been brought in to add healthy competition for places in that department.

While Dave Richards has been handed the number one shirt, Athur made it clear he wants to get the nod from manager Alex Morris on a regular basis.

But the 6ft 6ins custodian admits he will have to earn the right to play.

He said: “It would be good for me to be first choice here, but I have to work and get myself in the squad.

“I want to be as consistent as possible and get games under my belt. With all the training I’ve had, and I’ve also played some minutes with the Arsenal first team in pre-season, I feel ready and sharp.

“The manager (Mikel Arteta) has always given me confidence and opportunities, and it is for me now to take that, use it and display it.”

England youth international Arthur, who is seen as a big part of the future at Emirates Stadium, is expected to be part of the Alex squad travelling to Rochdale for the 2022-23 opener today (Saturday, July 30, 3pm).

He added: “It feels great to be here. I have to thank Arsenal for the opportunity to be here, and especially Crewe for giving me the initial interest.

“I know this is a great club that wants to develop young players and hopefully we can win many games together. Coming here and playing for points will be a good experience for me.”

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