Victor Osimhen: 4 Reasons Why Napoli Striker Should Join Arsenal Over PSG, Chelsea

Victor Osimhen: 4 Reasons Why Napoli Striker Should Join Arsenal Over PSG, Chelsea

Edwin Kiplagat
May 22, 2024 at 10:20 AM
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  • Victor Osimhen has been linked with several Premier League clubs
  • The Napoli striker is expected to leave the Italian club this summer
  • Arsenal could be the perfect club for the Nigerian for many reasons

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Victor Osimhen will likely be the biggest name in the summer transfer window.

The Napoli striker has been linked with a move away from the club for months, and despite signing a new deal in December, he is heading for the exit door.

Chelsea, Paris Saint Germain, and Arsenal are the top clubs linked with the 2023 African Footballer of the Year.

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Victor Osimhen would fit perfectly at Arsenal. Photos by Domenico Cippitelli/NurPhoto and Catherine Ivill - AMA.
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Osimhen is probably the best striker on the market right now, but few clubs can afford him. Napoli reportedly slapped over €120 million release clause in his contract extension, per ESPN.

Moreover, few clubs are in a position to acquire the Nigerian mainly because of the price and stage of their projects. Arsenal, therefore, are in a better position than PSG and Chelsea.

The Gunners narrowly lost the 2023/24 Premier League title to Manchester City. So, they are probably one piece away from ending their 20-year league title drought, which could be Osimhen.

Chelsea has a very young team that is still gelling. They've also fired their manager, meaning it is not an ideal place for an established striker to move.

Kylian Mbappe will leave PSG in the summer, and Osimhen has reportedly been identified as the replacement for the World Cup winner. Osimhen wouldn't want to be part of the transition.

Hence, Arsenal might be the best place for Osimhen to recapture the form he showed in 2022/23. Here are the reasons why.

Reasons why Osimhen should join Arsenal

Settled Arsenal team

The Gunners players have been playing together for the last two seasons, and they're not looking to make wholesale changes to their squad. Most of the players Mikel Arteta inherited when he arrived at the club in 2019, are long gone.

Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, William Saliba are the franchise players now. Osimhen will join a team that needs minimal adjustments. Furthermore, he doesn't need a team that is still figuring itself out. The London team is less chaotic than Chelsea and PSG.

Osimhen will become the main man

Saka, Odegaard, and Declan Rice are considered Arsenal's best players right now. Once he signs an Arsenal contract, Osimhen will immediately become the club's top dog. The Nigerian will also become the focal point of Arsenal's attack. With Odegaard and Saka behind him, Osimhen will get plenty of chances to score goals.

The former Lille striker has struggled to reach the standards he showcased last season, mainly because Napoli failed to improve their title-winning team. The 2023 Ballon d'Or contender would welcome a move to one of the biggest Premier League clubs to become the main man.

Osimhen becomes Arsenal's ceiling-raiser

Arteta's team are brilliant, no doubt, but the last two seasons have shown they need more to challenge Man City. Osimhen would make a good Arsenal team, great. He not only brings goals but also movement and physicality that the Gunners sometimes lack.

Man City bought Erling Haaland, and in his first season, the club won the Champions League. Therefore, Osimhen will surely give the North London team another dimension, which will be useful in a tight title hunt. Osimehn would love to be the player that delivers Arsenal's first Premier League title in 20 years.

Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah have struggled to score consistently, especially in the crucial period of the season. So Osimhen solves that.

Premier League pull

Any footballer would love to grace the Premier League. Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Thierry Henry are some of the players who played in the English top-flight. Who wouldn't want to come to the Premier League? In January, he told CBS Sports about his links to the Premier League.

"I think 60% of everyone are arguing, or the rumour is going around about me linked with the Premier League. But...when you are one of the hottest strikers in the globe, you play this type of thing. Of course, EPL is one of the biggest leagues in the whole world."

Therefore, playing in the Premier League right now is exciting compared to Europe's top five leagues. Osimhen won't go wrong by playing for the Gunners, one of the league's iconic teams.

Arsenal legend wants Osimhen

Sports Brief earlier reported on former Arsenal star, Emmanuel Petit, asking the Gunners to sign Osimhen because they need a 30-goal striker to win the Premier League.

The 1998 World Cup winner explained that the Nigerian has the qualities necessary to succeed in the league.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.