The talented Nigeria youth international, who helped his country to win the U17 World Cup, spent yesterday at Arsenal’s London Colney training ground, with the prospect set to sign a five-year deal.
It remains to be seen what the plan is for Nwakali this season and much in that regard could depend on whether he is successful in his application for a work permit.
If he is granted permission to play competitively in England then the 18-year-old will most probably spend the season with Arsenal’s U23 side whilst training regularly with the first-team and perhaps featuring for the senior side in cup competitions.
In contrast, if he is denied a work permit, Nwakali will almost certainly be sent out on loan to a European side to gain first-team experience.
For now, though, the most important thing is that Nwakali is, at long last, an Arsenal player.