Victor Osimhen has revealed how he rejected a move to Arsenal after he won the 2015 FIFIA U-17 World Golden boot.
Super Eagles and Lille Striker Osimhen speaking in an interview with Independent has opened up on how he rejected a move to the premier league club after a thrilling performance at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
The Nigeria international displays attracted a number of clubs like Arsenal, but Osimhen said that he felt that his move to Germany was a better option in spite of Wenger’s attempts to sign him.
At only 21-year-old, the young striker has been linked with top European football clubs and is being admired by potential suitors.
“I spoke with Arsene Wenger after the tournament ended and he wanted me to come to Arsenal,’ he told the Independent. ‘I had a lot of options. Barcelona, Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid, Juventus and the rest.”
“He gave me very good advice, he’s a legend and a big brother. My goal is to play at one of the biggest clubs in the world but now I’m very happy in Lille. My priority is to play a lot of games. Signing for a big club and being on the bench is not exciting for me.”
Osihmen signed for Bundesliga side Wolfsburg in 2017, having a short spell in Germany’s top-flight division.
“I wanted to go to a place where I had time to invest in my game and improve physically. Wolfsburg showed me that possibility.”
The speculation about Osimhen’s future has rapidly snowballed, with several top premier league clubs linked with the Super Eagles strikers.
“Of course, one day I’d like to play for a big club in England,” he says of the interest. “I’ve spoken to Odion [Ighalo] about it. He said
‘”Arsenal was a good option but it wasn’t the best at the time. I wanted to start playing as soon as I turned 18.”
The former Wolfsburg forward has had an impressive season for Lille OSC, netting 17 goals in 27 appearances to take Christophe Galtier’s side to fourth on the league table, before league activities were put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.