The 19-year-old was singled out for criticism after the Gunners suffered a defeat in their first pre-season friendship on Easter Road
Nigerian goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo believes he learned after his mistake for Arsenal against Hibernian in a pre-season friendship.
The English container of Nigerian descent was guilty of his debut when the Gunners eventually lost 2-1 in the pre-season played on Easter Road.
Although guilty, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta once again trusted him to start in the game against Rangers, where the Gunners were able to draw 2-2 at Ibrox.
The 19-year-old has now reacted to his performance against Hibernian and admitted that he made a mistake but promised to learn from it.
‘First senior preseason and senior minutes. We keep learning and working, ‘the guardian wrote about him Instagram page.
Against the Hibernian, the Scottish team succeeded in the 21st minute after the young Arsenal goalkeeper could not handle a backhand pass from Cedric Soares, which caused Martin Boyle to poke the ball into an empty net.
Hibernian took a 2-0 lead in the 69th minute thanks to Daniel MacKay before Emile Smith Rowe withdrew eight minutes before full-time goal for Arteta’s men.
In a recent interview, Olorunleke Ojo, the former U20 goalkeeper of Nigeria, defended to the defense of Okonkwo, who is one of the guards at the club along with Runar Alex Runarsson and Bernd Leno, following his lament against Hibernian.
“It was very unfortunate that this happened to him during his debut for one of the biggest clubs in the world,” Ojo said. Purpose.
“I really feel for him. The truth is that even great goalkeepers make mistakes despite their many years of experience.
“Speaking from experience, I’m sure Okonkwo will not be happy with the mistake that cost his team the victory. We as human beings will still make mistakes and we will continue to learn every day.
“All I know is that he will come back better and stronger. The Premier League team’s goalkeepers also have a role to play in this.”
Ojo added: “It does not make him a weak goalkeeper, and you can not define his ability through just one game. All he needs now is encouragement from people around him.
‘Although he kept a clean look at Hibernians, he would have deserved good reviews, and now that it’s the other way around, he should not let it affect him.
“The deed is done and the game can never be played again. He is a fantastic goalkeeper and he has a very bright future ahead of him.”