Victor Osimhen: Arsenal Icon Advises Super Eagles Forward on Premier League Club He Should Not Join

Victor Osimhen: Arsenal Icon Advises Super Eagles Forward on Premier League Club He Should Not Join

Ero Samson
updated at February 23, 2024 at 10:02 AM
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  • The future of Victor Osimhen has been a topic of hot debate
  • The Napoli star is tipped to replace Kylian Mbappe at PSG
  • An Arsenal icon has advised the forward on what club to avoid

The European football transfer scene continues to be dominated by conversations surrounding the future of Nigerian superstar, Victor Osimhen.

The marquee Napoli forward has since caught the eye of several top clubs following his stellar showing through the 2022-23 season.

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Victor Osimhen during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 match between SSC Napoli and FC Barcelona at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona. Image: Jonathan Moscrop.
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Following his exploits at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) with the Nigerian national team, the 25-year-old was in on the act again, as he scored a crucial goal for his side in their UEFA Champions League clash against La Liga giant, Barcelona. Osimhen's goal ensured that Napoli went into the second leg of the tie on level terms.

However, in the aftermath of the stalemate against La Bluagrana, a former Arsenal forward has advised the marquee forward, on what Premier League club to steer clear of.

Arsenal legend advises Osimhen

In his post-match analysis on CBS Sports Golazo, former Arsenal forward, Thierry Henry, emphasised the importance for Osimhen to carefully consider his next move, particularly advising against joining a Premier League club.

Reflecting on Osimhen's future, Henry remarked,

"I think he needed to score a goal today. We saw at the AFCON that he can lead the attack, run into spaces, and play well when holding up the ball. I'd like to see him play in the Premier League or another top league, maybe even at Paris Saint-Germain. I don't think he should go to Arsenal."
"I hope he can continue to improve and be more consistent with his performances. Winning the title with Napoli was a great achievement that will be remembered forever. I wish him all the best in his career."

The French icon’s cautionary advice for Osimhen regarding Arsenal stems from the tactical unpredictability of their coach, Mikel Arteta, who has often opted to play without a recognisable centre forward in recent games.

While rumours linking Osimhen to a potential move to PSG are gaining momentum, his eventual destination, should he leave Napoli, remains uncertain.

Super Eagles icon advises Osimhen

Sports Brief in another report stated that former Super Eagles of Nigeria forward, Peter Ijeh, offered advice to Osimhen regarding his immediate future.

The 46-year-old stressed the importance of the forward joining a ball-playing team if he considers leaving the Italian Serie A club.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).