Ex-Tottenham defender signs for Arsenal and says “I’ve always been a Gunner”

Arsenal’s new signing Jonathan Dinzeyi has revealed that he is a lifelong fan of the club, even though he spent all of his career at Tottenham until making the move across north London.

Free-agent defender Dinzeyi was released by arch-rivals Tottenham in July and will initially link-up with the Gunners’ Under-23s.

Dinzeyi, who has also earned four caps for England at U18 level, has followed the arrivals of George Lewis, Tim Akinola and Annas Salah-Eddine to Arsenal.

And he explained how proud he is to sign for the club that he has supported since he was a youngster.

Jonathan Dinzeyi has joined the club he supported as a boy
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“It’s a great feeling (to become an Arsenal player). Arsenal is a massive club and they were actually the first club I supported as a child,” he said.

“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.”

Describing his style of play to the Arsenal official website, Dinzeyi added: “I’m a ball-playing centre half.

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“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.”

“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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