Kelechi Nwakali is on loan at Dutch club MVV Maastricht
Nwakali, 18, joined Arsenal from the Diamond Football Academy in 2016.
The Nigerian Under-20 international is out on loan at Dutch second tier club MVV Maastricht.
And Nwakali was contacted by his hero Kanu to tell him about Arsenal’s interest.
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“Kanu called me [after the U-17 World Cup] and said Arsenal wanted me; that the boss [Arsene Wenger] called him about me," he told Goal.
“He’s [Kanu] been my mentor, a brother and a friend. He advised me to go and develop and prove who I am. He is my mentor and a friend. He calls me every day and I get advice from him every time.
“From a young age I’ve dreamt of playing for Arsenal. I think God made it easy for me because that has been my dream team.”
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Nwakali hopes he can break into the Arsenal first team to live the dreams of the Nigerians back home.
Kelechi Nwakali dreams of breaking into the Arsenal first team
“I’m not the one who will decide what happens but all I can do is work hard and let the boss see that,” he added.
“If Arsenal decide that next season they want me to play in Arsenal, no problem.
"If they decide they want me to come back to London, it’s still no problem. They have to make their choice and I will respect it.
“I think Nigeria have the most Arsenal fans in the world because of Kanu. I know they [the fans] are expecting to see me play in Emirates Stadium and I promise them I will work hard to get fulfil their expectations.”