The 18-year-old goalkeeper committed his future to the Gunners after settling into the club’s youth ranks
Ovie Ejeheri has signed his first professional contract with Premier League kit Arsenal.
The goalkeeper joined the North London team when he was eight years old and with his steady progress he was promoted to the U18 team in 2019.
During the 2020-21 campaign, Ejeheri was included in the U23 team, where he could only score three matches.
Still in the early stages of his career, the 18-year-old is expected to continue his development under coach Kevin Betsy at Meadow Park.
“Ovie Ejeheri has signed his first professional contract,” a statement of the English topflight giants read.
The 18-year-old goalkeeper has joined our academy for eight years. Ovie, who was a high goalkeeper, developed through the age groups of the Arsenal Academy and came into the U23s team three times last season.
“Everyone at Arsenal would like to congratulate Ovie on his first professional contract and we look forward to seeing his continued development.”
In 2020, he was invited to the English training camp for goalkeepers. This invitation gave him the chance to appeal to the England squad for the FIFA U20 World Cup 2021 that Indonesia is paying.
Unfortunately, the tournament was canceled due to the outbreak of Covid-19 which affected football related activities worldwide.
Meanwhile, Ejeheri attributes his steady rise to the efforts his parents made, even in difficult times.
“This is a very special day for me,” he said.
“My mom and dad, they helped me out of my whole career and took me to training, even though it was very, very difficult for them.
“This is a good moment for me and them. I am very excited to continue this journey. ”
The goalkeeper, born in Greenwich, London, of a Nigerian father and a mother from Uganda, could in future cause a selection war between Uganda, Nigeria and England.
Ejeheri, whose football role model is the Italian Gianluigi Buffon, tells Purpose about his desire to represent the Super Eagles and the heights he would like to reach.
“My goal in the next three years is to regularly play first-level clubs and represent England or Nigeria at international level,” he said. Purpose.
“I look forward to the challenges of professional and international football at the highest level.”