Sunday, September 1, 2013

Nigerian Ajayi Shone at Arsenal Trials

Nigeria U20 defender Oluwasemilogo Ajayi shone like a million stars for Arsenal U21 team in a friendly against Blackburn Rovers.

 The towering defender apart from being so in the defence got a goal for Arsenal in 3-0 thrashing of Rovers at Leigh Sports Village.

 The 19-year-old Nigeria star, who is at Arsenal on trials from Charlton Athletic, gave coach Steve Gatting’s Arsenal U21side the lead in the 18th minute with a header off Kristoffer Olsson's cross.

 It was certainly the right way for the towering centre-back to make a positive impression on his potential future employers. It is no secret that Arsenal are short of defenders at this level, although, on this early evidence, Ajayi appears a far more promising prospect than fellow trialist Ramy Bensebaini.

Daniel Boateng and another Nigerian, Chuba Akpom, scored the other goals for Arsenal. Ajayi featured for Nigeria U20s at the Toulon International tournament in France earlier this year, but was later dropped for the World Cup party.

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