Victor Osimhen shows Arsenal fans what they could have had in Leicester draw
Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen sprung into life last night on English soil as he scored a well-earned double for Napoli at Leicester City.
The pacey forward showed all the qualities of a player who cost Napoli around £45m last summer. Speed, power, composure, and strength were all on display from Osimhen last night in the Midlands.
Per Squawka, the Nigerian won 6 duels, had 6 shots, created two chances, and scored two goals. All that, while completing 100% of his passes.
Osimhen moved to Naples from Lille back in 2020. At the time, he was being linked with a number of clubs around Europe, including Premier League side, Arsenal.
And just over a year on from being quoted around £70m for Osimhen, Arsenal supporters – and Edu and Mikel Arteta – will have been watching on in envy at what they saw from Osimhen last night.
Arsenal manager Arteta might speak about the rebuild job he is doing and how happy he is with his summer signings. But he’s going to need to go again next summer, especially in the forward positions.
Both Aubameyang and Lacazette are over 30 now and, in all honesty, are not showing the type of form the Gunners need. So, to see someone like Osimhen arrive in England and do so well against a good PL side, will sting a bit for Arsenal’s chiefs.
Of course, there’s no saying Arsenal won’t go back for Osimhen. A striker who ticks so many boxes, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him become a wanted man next summer, especially if he can keep up that sort of form.
The Gunners have wide players. They now have players who can play the 10 role in Smith Rowe and Odegaard. Adding a quality number nine, surely, is their next big expense.
With Europe off the cards this term for the Gunners, there’s a real chance for them to put the hard yards in when it comes to watching players around the continent. Osimhen will, hopefully for Arsenal fans, be one they have watched last night.
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