Thursday, October 6, 2022

Arsenal Linked With This Belgian Youngster: A Calculated Risk By Wenger?

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Abhishek Majumdar
Editor in Chief of The 4th Official. A man in his thirties who worries about the nuances of the financial aspects of football and how it will impact the game in the long term.

Arsenal is one of the top flight team having a tumultuous season this year, the FA Cup being their only hope to get a piece of silverware on their trophy shelf. They are desperately in need of an attacking player who can give them the option to score more goals and stabilise their form. Henry Onyekuru, the 19-year-old Nigerian forward looks to be that answer the Gunners are looking for.

Reportedly, the Nigerian starlet who is currently playing for the Belgian side KAS Eupen is one of the most sought after forwards in the world and is being pursued by teams like West Bromwich Albion and Scottish Champions Celtic. Celtic has been on the trail of Onyekuru for quite a long time and even had a £1million bid rejected by his current club KAS Eupen in January. It goes without saying that the Scottish Champions will once again bid for the 19-year-old Nigerian, but this time they will face competition from Arsenal.

The Nigerian forward has been among goals, scoring 15 of them so far this season and has been instrumental in his side’s achievements. Onyekuru came through the Aspire Academy in Qatar before joining the Belgian side KAS Eupen in 2015, and since then, has been one of the best Nigerian players playing currently in European football.

Reportedly, apart from Arsenal, Henry Onyekuru has been on the radar of Premier League teams like Liverpool, Bournemouth, West Bromwich Albion, West Ham United and Southampton. He is yet to make a decision about his future, which can only happen after the Belgian play-offs.

The Belgian side Eupen has valued the Nigerian youngster at £7million. However, they are still to decide whether to let go of Onyekuru at the end of the season, as he is a young player who has a great future ahead of him and has been instrumental in all the wins of KAS Eupen since arriving at the club in 2015.

Henry Onyekuru has an ability to take shots on target both from close range as well as long distances. His goal scoring ability is mercurial and the forward is equipped with a great run through the middle, causing trouble for opponents by threading in pinpoint passes for his teammates to score goals.

The youngster has been in the run to be awarded the prestigious Belgian player of the Year. Arsenal boss Frenchman Arsene Wenger looks quite desperate to sign the player for his team for the next season. If the move goes through, it can mould Henry Onyekuru into a formidable force in the future.

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