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Giant 20-year-old who Per Mertesacker called ‘talented’ now spotted training with Arsenal

Ovie Ejeheri has been spotted training with Arsenal at London Colney during the international break. The 20-year-old has been given a chance to impress with many senior players away from north London on international duty....CONTINUE READING

So, what is the situation with Ovie Ejeheri at Arsenal? Let’s take a look…

Ovie Ejeheri trains with Arsenal

Well, the 6ft 4in goalkeeper was handed an opportunity by Mikel Arteta – as David Raya and Aaron Ramsdale are away with Spain and England respectively.

Karl Hein is also busy with Estonia.

Ejeheri has impressed for the Arsenal U21 side this season across 12 appearances in the Premier League 2 – keeping three clean sheets while conceding just 14 goals.

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The Hale End prodigy’s chance in training comes after he caught the eye across two loan spells at Chelmsford City and then SJK in Finland.

Ejeheri impressively kept 11 clean sheets in 23 appearances for Chelmsford City – before performing even more strongly with nine clean sheets in 18 outings for SJK.

Now, Arteta is giving the Greenwich-born glovesman a chance to make a name for himself during the international break, which is exactly what he deserves after some productive loan spells.

Who is Ovie Ejeheri?

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Well, Ejeheri has every reason to be motivated at Arsenal, amid doubts over the future of Ramsdale – the youngster could well move up a place in Arteta’s goalkeeping ranks this summer.

By the sounds of it, Per Mertesacker – Academy Manager at Arsenal – believes the shot stopper can make it at the Emirates Stadium.

The German told Goal: “Ovie has the chance to break into the first team, all of our young pros have a chance if they work hard enough.

“Ovie has been with us for ten years already and he has developed through our academy ranks with his dedication and passion. He gives his best on a daily basis. Ovie is a driven competitor who works really hard. He will create his own pathway to achieve his personal best.

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Mertesacker also called Ejeheri a “young talented goalkeeper” when speaking to Goal.

It will take a lot to dislodge the impressive Raya, but if the Hale End product keeps working hard, anything could happen in future.

Ovie Ejeheri profile

Full name: Ovie Prince Ejeheri

Age: 20

Height: 6ft 4in (1.95m)

Place of birth: Greenwich

Date of birth: 23rd April 2003

Nationality: England

Club: Arsenal

Position: Goalkeeper

Salary: £1,800-a-week