Jonathan Dinzeyi explains decision to join Arsenal on back of Tottenham release

Youngster Jonathan Dinzeyi has provided an insight into his decision to sign for Arsenal, citing the presence of Steve Bould as key.

Crossing the north London divide

Dinzeyi, a 20-year-old central defender, is a product of Tottenham’s youth system.

The stopper previously starred at Under-18 level for the Lilywhites, before making the step up to the Premier League 2 in 2017.

Despite his early-career promise, however, Dinzeyi, who also earned 4 caps for England’s U18s, never managed to break through into the first-team picture at Spurs.

In fact, a friendly meeting with Getafe back in 2018 marked the starlet’s solitary senior appearance to this point.

As such, it did not come as a huge surprise when Tottenham opted to release Dinzeyi this summer, following the expiration of his contract.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 20: Kieran Monlouis of Dulwich Hamlet is challenged by Jon Dinzeyi of Tottenham Hotspur during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Dulwich Hamlet and Tottenham Hotspur U23 at Champion Hill Stadium on July 20, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

What was a surprise, on the other hand, was the announcement of the Englishman’s next club.

In a post across their social media platforms earlier today, Tottenham’s north London rivals Arsenal confirmed that they have snapped Dinzeyi up on a free transfer:

‘Glad I’ve been given this opportunity’

And, as outlined above, the defender has since gone on to provide an insight into his decision to link up with the Gunners.

Speaking in an interview with Arsenal’s official website, Dinzeyi revealed that, first and foremost, the prospect of learning from club legend and current U23s boss Steve Bould proved ‘a big factor’ in his Emirates switch:

‘Knowing that Steve Bould is the head coach was a big factor for me.’

‘He’s a legend at the club and he’s played in my position, so I’m really hoping I can learn from him to develop my game.’

Dinzeyi also cited the first-team breakthroughs of a number of young talents at Arsenal over recent seasons as key to his decision, explaining:

‘Seeing the likes of [Reiss] Nelson, [Bukayo] Saka, [Eddie] Nketiah and [Joe] Willock getting chances was a big thing for me too.’

‘That was another reason why I wanted to come here because I believe if you train hard then you’ll play well and the manager will give you the opportunity for you to show what you’re about.’

‘I’m really glad I’ve been given this opportunity.’

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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