Nathan Butler-Oyedeji: Arsenal Rising Star Confirms Eligibility to Play for Nigeria’s Super Eagles

Nathan Butler-Oyedeji: Arsenal Rising Star Confirms Eligibility to Play for Nigeria’s Super Eagles

Robert Abong'o
updated at March 19, 2024 at 5:58 PM
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  • Nathan Butler-Oyedeji has confirmed his eligibility to play for Super Eagles
  • The young Arsenal forward was born in England but has Nigerian roots
  • The 21-year-old has not made an appearance for Mikel Arteta's senior team

Arsenal's rising talent, Nathan Butler-Oyedeji, has officially confirmed his eligibility to represent Nigeria internationally.

Born and bred in England, Butler-Oyedeji boasts a rich heritage that extends to the shores of the West African nation through his father and to Saint Vincent via his mom.

Having honed his skills at Hale End Academy, the 21-year-old's journey with the Gunners started at the age of eight.

Arsenal forward, Nathan Butler-Oyedeji, has confirmed his eligibility to represent the Super Eagles of Nigeria. Photo: David Price.
Arsenal's Nathan Butler-Oyedeji is eligible to play for Nigeria. Photo: David Price.
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His dedication and prowess culminated in a professional contract with the club in 2021, as reported by One Football.

Reflecting on his influences, the youngster shared insights into his formative years, citing inspirations from football legends such as Thierry Henry and Ronaldinho.

"My family background is that my dad’s Nigerian and my mother is from St Vincent. The Butler is from my mum’s side and Oyedeji is from my dad’s side. My dad always encouraged me to watch clips of Thierry Henry to understand the art of playing in attack but I also watched the likes of Ronaldinho too, just mesmerized by their ability," said Butler-Oyedeji, as quoted by Arsenal.

Despite awaiting his senior debut for Arsenal, Butler-Oyedeji has already garnered attention, receiving call-ups for first-team encounters against Newcastle United and Oxford United in January last year.

In pursuit of valuable playing time, he embarked on loan spells with Accrington Stanley and Cheltenham, amassing 25 appearances across the Football League.

Impressing at the U21 level, he showcased his goal-scoring prowess with 8 strikes in various competitions, including four in the EFL Trophy. In February, he narrowly missed out on Arsenal's Goal of the Month accolade.

Finidi George to lead Nigeria

Sports Brief reported that the NFF temporarily appointed Finidi George to take charge of the Super Eagles in their forthcoming international friendly encounters this month.

Having served as a long-time assistant to Jose Peseiro, the Portuguese former head coach, Finidi will bring a wealth of experience and familiarity with the team dynamics.

Following the conclusion of Peseiro's tenure after the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), the coaching vacancy necessitated deliberation.

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