Jonathan Dinzeyi ‘really excited’ to join Arsenal after being released by Tottenham

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Former Tottenham defender Jonathan Dinzeyi has completed a move to Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal new boy Jonathan Dinzeyi says he’s ‘really excited’ to embark on a new chapter of his career after being released by Tottenham earlier this summer.

The 20-year-old centre-back became the fourth player to join Arsenal’s academy ranks over the last week following the arrivals of George Lewis, Salah-Eddine and Tim Akinola. 

Dinzeyi, capped by England at Under-18 level, failed to break into Spurs’ first-team under Mauricio Pochettino or Jose Mourinho and was let go by the north London club last month.

Dinzeyi chases for the ball during Tottenham U18's clash with Newcastle
The young centre-back is raring to go with Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal’s academy, led by Per Mertesacker, have been on a recruitment drive this summer and immediately made their interest known when it became clear Dinzeyi would be leaving their bitter rivals.

‘It’s a great feeling,’ Dinzeyi told Arsenal’s official website.

‘Arsenal is a massive club and they were actually the first club I supported as a child.

‘They have a great history and with the new manager coming in who likes to play a lot of young players, I think it’s a great opportunity for me to show the fans and the coaching staff what I’m about.

‘I’m really excited to get started now.’

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Arsenal academy boss Per Mertesacker is overseeing a recruitment drive this summer (Picture: Getty)

Asked to describe his playing style, he replied: ‘I’m a ball-playing centre-half.

‘I love to tackle and win headers and keeping clean sheets for me is vital. If I don’t then it really hurts me.

‘I just love doing my job.’

Dinzeyi looks on during England U18 clash
Dinzeyi has been capped by England’s U19s

Dinzeyi will join up with Arsenal’s Under-23 squad and the youngster is looking forward to teaming up with the likes of Tyreece John-Jules and Folarin Balogun.

‘I’ve played against them a few times and they’re really good.

‘I’m looking forward to playing with them this time!’

The defender added: ‘Right now I just want to start as many games as possible with the Under-23s and in the long run hopefully be involved in some cup fixtures with the first team.

‘Who knows what could happen after that? It’s just about proving myself with the Under-23s right now and taking any opportunity that’s given to me.’

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