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Dutch club confirm signing of released Arsenal forward

Dutch club confirm signing of released Arsenal forward

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Joel Ideho signing for ADO Den Haag (Photo via ADO Den Haag)
Joel Ideho signing for ADO Den Haag (Photo via ADO Den Haag)

Dutch second-division side ADO Den Haag have confirmed the signing of former Arsenal forward Joel Ideho, who left the Gunners on a free transfer this summer.

Ideho’s new club confirm he’s signed a two-year deal, putting pen to paper on the contract on Wednesday afternoon.

“We are happy to welcome Joel here,” ADO Den Haag Technical Director Joris Mathijsen said. “His potential as a winger fits our club and is in line with our vision for the future of ADO Den Haag.

“We believe that Joel, with his specific qualities, can be important in the system we want to play.”

“I look forward to seizing the opportunity that lies before me at ADO Den Haag,” Ideho said. “I am determined to prove myself here in the first team.”

Joel Ideho signing for ADO Den Haag (Photo via ADO Den Haag)
Joel Ideho signing for ADO Den Haag (Photo via ADO Den Haag)

Ideho was among Arsenal’s list of released players in June, after three years with the club, and he’d also been linked with Burnley earlier in the summer.

Burnley had planned to integrate Ideho into their u21 side, and they were hoping to have him join the club in time for pre-season.

But instead, the Dutch youngster made a return to the Netherlands.

Ideho scored six goals for the Arsenal u21s in all competitions in 2022/23, but his season came to an early end after an injury problem.

Joel Ideho scores for the Arsenal u21s (Photo via Arsenal Academy on Twitter)
Joel Ideho scores for the Arsenal u21s (Photo via Arsenal Academy on Twitter)

The 19-year-old winger sustained an ankle injury in training back in March, before returning to training in April.

The youngster was then invited to a training camp with the Nigeria u20s as they stepped up their preparation for the summer World Cup.

But after joining up with the Nigeria side, he was forced to pull out of the squad in early May with the same ankle problem.

That effectively ended Ideho’s season, as Arsenal played their final game of the u21 campaign the following day, and he wasn’t in contention for first-team starts.

Ideho had made himself a starter leading up to his injury, making the u21 lineup in five consecutive fixtures in all competitions – his longest run in the team all season. He’s now set to continue his career elsewhere.

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