By Danny Wright
Henry Onyekuru has confirmed that Arsenal have made an offer to sign him.
The 19-year-old is one of the hottest properties in European football after tearing up Belgium this year with 24 goals across all competitions.
Onyekuru is currently with the Nigeria squad as he gears up for an African Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa after earning his debut international cap against Togo on Thursday and the attacker, speaking to the Nigerian Football Federation, also has said that he is looking to emulate Gunners hero Thierry Henry if he secures a move to England.
“I remember saying if I had to move to the Premier League I want to be like Thierry Henry, so it’s like a dream come true and I’m looking towards it at the moment,” said Onyekuru to the NFF, as published on SoundCloud.
“It’s a good feeling for a club like Arsenal come to make an offer for me, this is due to my hard work in training and games. It’s a good feeling.
“I am waiting and working towards it and we’ll see how it goes after the qualifiers.”
The teenager went AWOL after Eupen rejected the Scottish champions’ approach for him, but he still went on to have a huge season in Jupiler League despite the huge amount of interest in his signature.
The Belgian top flight goes to a series of play-off matches after the regular season and the Nigerian international went on to score a brilliant ten goals in ten matches.
Football Insider Verdict
Onyekuru would definitely fit the current Arsenal system and also complies with Arsene Wenger’s policy on snapping up youngsters from abroad. The one-time Nigeria international has torn apart a league which has been a breeding ground for talent in recent years which means that he could definitely play a role in the Premier League in the future – if not straight away. It will be hoped that Onyekuru does feature in the first team though, because it would be a massive shame to see his career stall after a stellar year at Eupen.
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