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  • Updated: April 18, 2024

Arsenal defender Nichols reveals Nigerian heritage

Arsenal defender Nichols reveals Nigerian heritage

The production line of young footballers coming through the grades at Arsenal have continued to soar and those with Nigerian heritage have kept on rising by the day.

Young gunner and another Hale End academy scholar, Josh Nichols has revealed that he has a Nigerian background and is hence eligible to play for the Super Eagles. 

Nichols started his carer as a young striker but now finds himself playing in defence. The youngster who scored at PSV Eindhoven in the UEFA Youth League explained this and opened up on his background in an interview with the Arsenal website in their matchday programme.

"I was born in Newham, and I grew up around Dagenham. When I was around nine or ten, I moved out to Essex and started playing football at the Sunday League level for my local team called Euro Dagenham, and I just loved it. 

"My dad was big into football too – he used to play and now coaches, so he has encouraged me a lot. My family background is that my mum is Nigerian, and my dad is Jamaican and Guyanese. In school I did a lot of athletics, and sprinting, but I was good at the long jump; that was one of my specialities. 

The player also revealed his admiration for superstars of the game - Lionel Messi, Neymar and Ronaldinho 

"Growing up I always loved skills, so guys like Neymar and Ronaldinho were people I enjoyed watching. Of course, I looked up to Messi as he’s just a brilliant player and plays the game the right way."

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