Arsenal of England youth team midfielder, James Olayinka says he is happy with the loan move that took him to English League Two side, Northampton Town at the start of this week, as it would accord him the opportunity of playing regular and adding lots of experience to his game, megasportsarena.com reports.
Speaking against the backdrop of the loan deal that will run until the end of this season, the lad is now aiming to build on his impressive performances with Arsenal’s first team in pre-season, as Olayinka vowed to make the best of any opening that comes his way as his new base.
In doing so, Olayinka will work to put behind him the injury problems that clogged him in the early months of the campaign, as he could play only two games before November 5th, one of them coming, ironically, against Northampton match, when he scored Arsenal’s lone goal.
Few weeks later he returned to the pitch, as he featured in a penalties’ shootout win for The Gunners over Cambridge United, after which he regained his starting spot in the under-23 side and rediscovered a rich vein of form.
However, Olayinka now leaves Arsenal, despite scoring three goals and got one assist in his last four games, during which he was praised for his high work rate and that he never feels daunted by the prospect of playing with senior players.
After making his Arsenal senior squad debut against Standard Liege of Belgium in December, but was on the bench for all 90 minutes of the UEFA Europa League fixture, Olayinka has been in brilliant form in his last four matches for The Gunners’ youth teams, with goals against Dinamo Zagreb of Croatia and Leicester City of England in the Premier League International Cup and yet another English top-flight side, Everton in the developmental championship, Premier League 2.
While setting his mind on achieving great things at his new base, Olayinka, who travelled with Arsenal’s first team to United States for pre-season training last summer, could be available for Northampton’s manager, Keith Curle in Tuesday’s Sky Bet League Two game against Scunthorpe United.
Olayinka told Northampton’s website: “I’m excited to play some football and get a taste of playing in the league and gain more experience.
“Northampton are a good team and are doing well in the league. The manager wants to play attacking football and score lots of goals so hopefully, I can help with that.”
On his part, Curle disclosed that Olayinka caught his eye in the EFL Trophy fixture, as he scored for the Arsenal under-23 team against his new team, and Northampton’s coach confessed that he is thrilled to have that same player now among the lot he is counting on this season.
Curle said: “James is a dynamic midfielder who we saw play well against us earlier in the season. We have tracked him closely and seen him play in a number of games. He has always impressed us. He is box-to-box. He has a lot of energy, he creates chances, he scores goals and he doesn’t mind a tackle either. He can hunt the ball down and enjoys the competitive side of the game.”