Report: Arsenal in talks over Nigerian striker Henry Onyekuru

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According to Sky Sports, Arsenal are in talks to sign Nigerian striker Henry Onyekuru from Belgian side KAS Eupen.

The 19 year old has bagged 20 goals this season in Belgian Division One, and according to the report he has a release clause of £6.8m.

Last month Arsene Wenger spoke about Arsenal’s need to improve its scouting and to be more decisive in the transfer market when it comes to young players.

He cited the examples of Antoinne Griezmann and N’Golo Kante who were both on our radar but ended up elsewhere.

“Griezmann, Kanté, we could have signed them,” said Wenger, “but we missed the opportunity to do so, not necessarily because of our financial restrictions but because we weren’t rapid enough.”

Perhaps this is one of those players that Wenger feels will develop into something special, but his profile doesn’t fit into the manager’s assertion yesterday that the club needed to add ‘top quality’ this summer to make it contenders again.

Our poo-o-meter has almost finished its cleansing enema ahead of the silly season, so for now we’ll have go give this one manual poos, and we’re going with a runny 8 on this one.

It seems unlikely – but here’s a look at some of his goals anyway.

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Tony
Tony

He can play upfront with Lucas!!

richardanus
richardanus

…and Sanogo.

Cagooner
Cagooner

And Sonogo. And Campbell.

Quick
Quick

I’m all for the recruitment of potential, just as long as we also see the acquisition of actual talent that’s ready to make an instant impact next season.

clins
clins

i think we should try to buy players like this more . one of the problem i found with wenger in his latter years compared to his glory days is that he was never afraid to spend the money and buy unproven players , it was actually his strength. thiery henry was a failed winger in juventus , anelka a youth team player in psg academy , van persie and adebayar were only a promising players .

i’m all for buying wordclass players but arsenal are always really hesitant to greenlight huge transfer funds to buy that kind of players and we’re really not that attractive destination anymore . so might as well try our luck with some promising players like him , until we can get a top player like lewandowsky or aubamayang. right now we’re doing nothing and the result is we have to watch either giroud or welbeck every week . between i dont know if this guy is any good , but it is inevitable that for every henry there is gonna be a sanogoal . thats just the way it is. but luck favours for those who try.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

That was when he had almost competition-free access to the French market. The world has changed since then.

As even Wenger has said, out scouting has been left behind by the likes of Atletico and Dortmund. And even Spurs are possibly better on recent showings.

I dare say the last Wenger unknown that turned out to be WC was Kos.

Clins
Clins

The world has changrd and so has arsenal . we no longer have to rely on complete unknowns like those players ,now we can afford much better players yet we are still waiting for world class striker for discount price. how many players have we lost because wenger couldnt put the money on the table , hazard , griezman , lukaku, aubamayang , martial, dembele . Not a year goes by without wenger ruing on missed players .Rivals have got them and they are seeing the value of their money

Thibby
Thibby

If it’s true I can tell you he will not bring us what we need. And that is a top striker (like Lacazette, Griezmann etc.) I’m a Belgian myself and being a topscorer in our League doesn’t really mean a lot tbh… Actually he is even only the second topscorer behid Lukas Teodorczyk of Anderlecht. If Onyekuru manages to sore 20+ goals a couple of seasons in a row he might be worth it. For the moment we really don’t need him. (Fun fact: The Belgian League is named the Jupiler Pro League, Jupiler is a beer-brand so to make fun of the low level we call it the “pintjes-liga” or the “pints-league”)

sad eyes
sad eyes

Fun fact – Belgians have no sense of humour….. :=|

John Lukic
John Lukic

And you sir, have no decorum 🙁

TheNicolau15
TheNicolau15

Do you even know if he will stay with the team for this season? He has just a primision 19years old player with a 7m clause! A opportunity that we should take if we thinks he’s worth a look.

tdl
tdl

“Top striker” Lacazette couldn’t get into the French national team for Euro 2016.

Gudaffiduck
Gudaffiduck

And so it begins!

Lord\'s Left Foot
Lord\'s Left Foot

Uvuvwevwevwe Onyetenyevwe Ugwemugwem Ossas. Long live King Henry.

Uvuvwevwevwe
Uvuvwevwevwe

got to be naija!

Young Arsene
Young Arsene

Nigerians will understand better

keneh
keneh

definitely Nigerian

bdagooner
bdagooner

So much for the catalyst for change.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

Maybe Gazidis, having a premonition he would end up leaving Arsenal, got a tad confused and meant to say “catalyst for……hey there sir, got some spar change?”

bdagooner
bdagooner

The scary thing is that Wenger said yesterday that this team is strong enough to bounce back next season and that only 1 or 2 signings are truly needed.

I wonder if that number remains the same after a Sanchez and possibly Ozil move on this summer.

It is quotes like that (that have been stated hundreds of times by Wenger) that leaves with little to no confidence that he can build up a team that can actually challenge for major honors.

More of the same I’m afraid it appears.

wizardry
wizardry

What about nkietah? I know he’s young but sometimes all these youth players need these days is to be given a chance. Look at Bellerin, iwobi, holding.
In a slightly unrelated note, has anyone had a chance to see Corenten Tolisso? Quite an interesting player

clins
clins

i gotta agree both nketia and mavdidi looks baller , nketia espicially . we need to atleast need to give them a chance

Winterburn 87
Winterburn 87

Corenten Tolisso is wanted by some top European clubs, the way we do business. .no chance, unless off course Kronke management would back David Dein and let him deals with players transfers

Bestie
Bestie

“Perhaps this is one of those players that Wenger feels will develop into something special, but his profile doesn’t fit into the manager’s assertion yesterday that the club needed to add ‘top quality’ this summer to make it contenders again.”

I dunno, I think Arsene will always be on the lookout for guys like this. Sounds strongly plausible to me.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

Every season needs a Sanogo, Asano, or lest we forget my favourite midfielder of all time, Arsenal legend Amaury Biscoff.

GunnerYY
GunnerYY

Btw we’ll have the Takuma Asano this season right, LOL

Noblegunner
Noblegunner

Better than all those guys…….combined!!
Besides, who is against having another “Henry”?

clins
clins

asano is just a pr excercise. i doubt if wenger will ever give him a chance . he never gave one for lucas perez and hes much better than asano. but the move worker out for asano atleast , he is having a good time in germany.

GoonerN16
GoonerN16

But the problem with African players is their commitment to the African Nations Cup tournament that involves 2 month absences every two years, other than that invest in potential. AW has an excellent record in spotting and developing young talented players, and yes that includes this season. As he has demonstrated.

Benis
Benis

Why is this measured in poos when it should be measured in tottenhams?

The grin of Podolski
The grin of Podolski

I’ve always thought the poo meter was in Tottenhams?! How do you tell the difference?

Cagooner
Cagooner

Poo is shit. Tottenham is really shit.

Badaab
Badaab

The poos are actually useful in this instance, so that’s how I tell the difference.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

Will he be the new Perez Let’s not forget we have Asano joining the first team soon. He will surprise you.

Personally I’m still waiting for Sanogo to surprise me. I’m convinced he’s just a figment of Wenger’s imagination.

determined culture
determined culture

will asano surprise or shock us?

determined culture
determined culture

y y y has lucas played so little this season?! he has close control, cool finishing n knows wat to do.
we should be playing 352 next season as the default tactic no doubt. have the front 3 of mesut, alexis n lucas! (if the 1st 2 r still at the club tt is).
dont know much bout this Henry Onyekuru guy, but if he’s anywhere near ‘henry’ then yes 🙂

PeteyB
PeteyB

I agree, but please write properly. X

GunnerYY
GunnerYY

Well he also the one for the future. But can we sign a prolific striker for our current situation that better from Giroud/Welbs.

Goonie
Goonie

This squad needs some African spirit

santori
santori

I think we should revisit striker requirement this summer.

We have of course other priorities ahead of it.

1) Watch on Ozil and Alexis. We need to retain at least one of them.

2) Even if we retain BOTH, we should add another player with guile in the attacking second line. Someone like Konoplyanka on loan at Schalke from Sevilla with good technical ability and vision.

3) I feel we should also cash in on Walcott whilst he still holds some value. At 28yrs, his pace and main asset will start to wane. We have to be careful who we add in place as we need to give opportunity to Ox and Iwobi (maybe even Perez if he should stay). A young emergent may be a good thing (like this Fellow mentioned here)

4) We will have to strengthen deep midfield. 3-4-2-1 may have solved the idiosyncracies currently but I suspect Wenger will want the ability to revert to 4-2-3-1 as well. We of course miss Santi not for his deep passes as Granit replicates this superbly this season.

BUT we need ball retention and the ability to carry the ball up the vertical through feet. Jack (injury liability) has of course been distracted with his own issues.

Someone like Babayoko at Monaco (to a lesser extent Fabhino) may be useful. It gives us a different skill set. Elneny to me is a decent player but with mediocre contribution both defensively and going forward. He is an engine mainly willing to chase from off the bench. Even Flamini was more effective than Elneny instigating play going forward. I would sell him personally.

5) Finally at Lback (wing back) we could do with tackling the issue of the aging Monreal (whom I personally prefer as the left side of the back 3) and the (again like Elneny) average Gibbs. He’s 27/28 now and should be showing a bit more craft in the final 3rd. If Kolasinac is signed for FREE, perhaps this is done and dusted.

Of all the requirements mentioned, I think number 3 in lieu of Walcott is where we have opportunity to add a quasi-striker to eventually replace Giroud (presuming he doesn’t decide to ship out this summer which he might)

Welbeck has been thus far wasteful with his chances ahead of goal and cannot be relied upon.

Perez may be an option but as we know hasn’t been for whatever reason sufficiently explored and may aslo turn his attention to his own development being already at a late age with little playing time left.

Personally I’d love it for the club to throw caution (push Wenger) and test PSG’s resolve. They have come up short this season behind Monaco and may do musical chairs with their squad with a new gaffer coming in.

If so, Draxler has not featured as much this season. Understandably we are not in CL but perhaps the lure of more frequent feature and say a hefty sum of 60m (which we can balance if should we have to sell one of our main players – Ozil or Alexis god forbid), may just turn his head.

IMO we are in need a of a bit of invention on the apex for some time now. Mbappe is going to be overpriced, ditto Greizzman.

Draxler will be touch to pry away but you never know.

But then of course, a lot will have to be dependent on our gaffer and the pressure that can be asserted on him in this respect.

As mentioned, Wenger has always had the acumen in the market. His marquee signings have all turned out well, Koscielny, MOnreal, Holding just a few signed without David Dein.

Whether he spend enough (top drawer) to make up the difference for his self inflicted handicap derived from his own ideology he has enslaved himself to is the bigger question. The league once xenophobic in rethoric and complexion is now more technical and cosmopolitan thanks to TV money and hypocrisy (largely the media of course).

We need to add more technical/creative players to bridge the gap and regain some advantage we use to enjoy in Wenger’s earlier tenure.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

Seriously consider getting a blog.

Baz00r
Baz00r

Tldr

socalgunner
socalgunner

Not to be rude but can you please stick with what the post is about. Not what you would do if you were Arsene. Please stop spamming the same stuff on every post.

Trez
Trez

Seriously man – you have no idea what you’re talking about. You want us to get a bench player with mediocre stats in Schalke as an upgrade on who exactly? Bakayoko is just Coquelin with pace. Infact, I’d say Coq is slightly more technically gifted. I’m not going to address your flamini love fest.
Draxler is not leaving PSG anytime soon. I don’t know why you’d even consider him an option .

santori
santori

Nigeria as a whole is becoming an exciting International prospect again.

Rob
Rob

We don’t have to put up with this. Being a fan doesn’t mean accepting abuse. I’m so bored of this year after year. Please can we unite, protest and affect some proper change.

John C
John C

I reckon he’ll be the best striker named Henry to ever play for the club.

John C
John C

I’m flattered I have an imposter!!

He\'s got no hair but we don\'t care...
He\'s got no hair but we don\'t care...

Yep, that’ll win us the league. Well done.

rex
rex

If he turns out to be another gem of a player and we miss out on signing him I’m sure loads on here would throw tantrums! Whether he’s from a very light league is sometimes inconsequential to the talent he might have. This is a big club and part of our values is giving opportunities like this and I’m totally for it. Hope it works out with majority of our young blood reasonably well.

Kanu\'s big toe
Kanu\'s big toe

This is such an Arsenal signing, I love it.

David
David

He’s a long term arsenal fan from sources. Henry was his idol

Mesut Oneill
Mesut Oneill

So that’s Sanchez’ replacement found, now on to Ozil’s.

Mike is Michael

I think it is going to happen. I am happy about this cos we need enough legs because of our Europa league matches.

Original Paul
Original Paul

The ref and the keeper had a big part to play in his first two goals on the video. It’s a “no” from me. 🙂

Glen helders left nut sack
Glen helders left nut sack

Not quite ready yet….he has to work on his knee slide

London
London

I think we should do whatever we can to get Morata.
He’s mobile, strong, can finish. Good medium between Welbeck and Giroud

London
London

And he’s more attainable than Griezmann etc.

Wright on the money
Wright on the money

I have never seen or heard of this player but if he can bag 20 goals a season I say get him. The only think is we need instant talent and not just young players so I hope we will be buying experienced and decent players as well.

Baz00r
Baz00r

Wenger realising things fans noticed ten years ago, well done.

Trez
Trez

Good young player with massive potential, but I think we should do way better. We need a world class wide forward. Reus, James (he can play there) are viable options. Onyekuru is a great finisher, quick, good technique but he’s also very selfish. I don’t know if a move to Arsenal would be good for his career at this stage. At the moment, I don’t rate him over Lucas Perez.

Deezy
Deezy

Well he’s only 19. I’ll assume that he’s able to improve. And for the price we’re paying, I don’t see what the risk is.

crazy gunner
crazy gunner

The bottomline is that Arsenal will never outspend Citeh Chelsea or even Man utd..Leicester has shown that if you can get your recruitment right..and find players that match the right tactics ..the sky is the limit..

I don’t have a problem with signing unknowns with real potential…but it does mean having a manager with tactical nous to make it work or finding the right system for the group..Lord knows I gave up on Wenger since the 2008/9 season 9yrs ago..long before the Wenger out brigade

crazy gunner
crazy gunner

One thing is certain looking at this kid he takes risks to force the issue ..he will be an asset around the opposition box…Only Alexis and maybe the OX takes players on …that’s why our football so far has been so dire especially when the passing is ineffective around opposition box against teams that park the bus

fengunner
fengunner

Will he come as part of the Aliko Dangote takeover package?

GoonerN16

I like the look of him. He’d be a fine addition imo.

Des
Des

Can somebody sign Wenger please, we even pay his 8million a year salary to push the transfer through.

K9ine
K9ine

Good young player. Scoring 25 goals for a shitty team in any league is hard so dont understand the derision over Belgian league. If it was so easy, why don’t we have more players in that league scoring 30-40 goals a season.
Let’s not make him another that got away when another club buys him and he is worth tens of millions.

Noblegunner
Noblegunner

A 19 year old in a European top flight who scored more goals than the rest of the squad combined? No brainer!!