Victor Osimhen was one of the standout names of the summer transfer window, with Arsenal, Tottenham, and Liverpool all said to have been watching the then-Lille striker.
Indeed, the Gunners were said to have been quoted a figure of around the £70m mark they paid for Nicolas Pepe. Obviously, that was always going to be a stretch for Arsenal and Osimnhen eventually joined Napoli.
The speedy striker looked to have all the attributes needed to become one of Europe’s best. Quick, a good finisher, and experience in both the French league and Europe already under his belt.
But having endured something of a nightmare start in Naples, it’s looking like, on paper anyway, that Arsenal may have got away with one in not following up their interest in the young forward.
Osimhen hasn’t managed to hit the ground running whatsoever since arriving in Italy. Just a solitary goal to his name so far has left some questioning the supposed 81m Euros the Serie A giants shelled out on the player.
To top things off for the 21-year-old he was shown a red card in the Europa League last night, despite only being on the field for half an hour.
On the surface, then, it seems like Arsenal aren’t missing out on too much. Eddie Nketiah is emerging nicely through the ranks, while Florarin Balogun got his first taste of action last night.
In addition, Reiss Nelson is also in and around the first XI, while Alexandre Lacazette is the experienced number nine in the group.
Of course, Osimhen may well go onto become a fine footballer and this could be a temporary blip in form. But after being bitten a bit by the mammoth fee they paid Lille for Nicolas Pepe, Arsenal will be somewhat pleased they didn’t follow suit with Victor Osimhen.