Tim Akinola has joined Dundee United on loan.

Tim Akinola via Dundee United
Tim Akinola via Dundee United

Arsenal have confirmed that Tim Akinola has joined Dundee United on loan for the rest of the season.

Earlier on deadline day, Akinola had posted an image of himself on board a plane as he headed to Scotland so we knew the move was imminent.

All Nigeria Soccer wrote at the weekend that Akinola had changed his agent to Next Generation Agency, in an indication of a potential incoming loan move.

The player himself then hinted that he was on the way to his new club with a video on a plane on his Instagram story on Sunday night.

A January loan has long been planned for Akinola, with rumours as early as October that the club were planning to send him out on a temporary basis this month.

A statement on the Dundee United website, read, “Dundee United are delighted to announce the signing of highly-rated Arsenal midfielder Tim Akinola on loan until the end of the season.

“The 20-year-old, who can be deployed at centre-back as well as defensive midfield, has made 12 Premier League 2 appearances for the Gunners this season after being snapped up from Huddersfield Town in 2020.

“Akinola’s performances for the U23s have been rewarded by Mikel Arteta with multiple opportunities to train with the first team at London Colney.

“Tim will immediately be available for selection for tomorrow’s Dundee Derby.”