Even though it looks like Alexandre Lacaztte and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could stay at Arsenal judging by some of Mikel Arteta’s recent comments, the Gunners are still being linked with strikers and a fresh report suggests that Victor Osimhen would be keen to play for the club.
It looked like the Ligue 1 striker was on his way to Napoli but reports from Football Italia are suggesting that the forward has rejected a move to the Serie A side as he is keen to play in the Premier League. He would like a move to either Arsenal or Manchester United instead, as per Football Italia.
The move to Napoli was going to cost around £45m and Osimhen felt pressured into the move to the Serie A, as his agent worked out all the details before asking for his opinion, as per Football Italia.
Lille manager Christophe Galtier has compared to the striker to Arsenal’s captain Aubameyang, as he said in the past, via Goal: “If I have to compare Victor Osimhen with Nicolas Pepe and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang whom I directed, I would say that Nicolas has an innate, intrinsic technical quality. It’s a gift.
“Aubameyang is a little bit like Victor. Aubameyang has worked a lot to reach a very very high level. He had the intelligence to go through an intermediate club with Dortmund and it was there that he integrated what was the very highest level.”
This season, the Nigerian has played 38 games for Lille in all competitions and scored 18 goals whilst picking up six assists, via Transfermarkt. He clearly doesn’t lack confidence to try and find the net as he has averaged 3.2 shots per game, which is more than any player at Arsenal this season.
These are some very good attacking statistics for someone who is just 21 and it shows that he has enormous potential.
Even though Arsenal have youngster Eddie Nketiah coming into the fray at the club, Lacazette is 29 and Aubameyang is 31, so they could need a younger striker than those two in a couple of seasons to team up with Nketiah.
Osimhen could be the ideal player for that role as he has a tremendous scoring record, while Galtier’s comparison of him with Aubameyang is pertinent as he has managed both forwards.
Clearly the 21-year-old is highly rated and, if the Gunners are able to gather the funds to beat rivals Manchester United to the signing, then it could set them up with a potent attacking option for many years to come.
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