Armstrong Okoflex hoping to become the next star for Arsenal U18s


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Armstrong Okoflex was born on the day that Dennis Bergkamp scored his famous goal against Newcastle United, and the youngster will hope that he too can eventually step up and produce magical moments for the first-team.

For now, though, Okoflex’s main aim is to make a major impact at U18 level and he is certainly starting to do just that.

The Irish youth international, who can play on either flank or up front but is usually deployed on the left wing, has made four appearances for Kwame Ampadu’s side so far and produced an excellent display in the 5-1 thrashing of West Ham United recently as he scored and provided an assist.

Okoflex possesses excellent close control and is a fine finisher himself, with the youngster looking to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Tyreece John-Jules and Xavier Amaechi, who have broken into the U23 side in the first year of their scholarship.

Last month Okoflex was offered a scholarship deal himself at Arsenal and it will be intriguing to see how he develops once he is training full time at London Colney.

There could well be something of a tug of war as far as Okoflex’s international future is concerned given that he is eligible to play for Nigeria and England as well as Ireland.

At present, however, the 15-year-old is focused on his club career and he has certainly caught the eye this season.

Playing for the U18s on a regular basis will bring different challenges for Okoflex, but he certainly seems to possess the required quality to succeed and push on to even greater heights.

 

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