Arsenal legend wants club to sign Osimhen as Arteta set aside £120 million for Eagles striker

Arsenal legend wants club to sign Osimhen as Arteta set aside £120 million for Eagles striker

Arsenal Ian Wright has got himself incredibly excited over news emerging of Arsenal being interested in Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen.

The Nigerian forward is one of the big names in the market heading into January and the summer. He has yet to sign fresh terms in Naples and there is a growing sense he could leave.

Chelsea have been tipped to test the waters with a bid for Osimhen. Arsenal have also been credited with interest, while others such as Liverpool and Tottenham also like the striker.

And it is the apparent interest from Arsenal that has got former Gunner Ian Wright excited.

Speaking about the rumours on his Wrighty’s House podcast, the Gunners legend was clearly overjoyed with the idea of Osimhen signing.

“This is something where I was hoping we were doing something to make a move like this happen. Just something along that vibe. We’re linked, I think Chelsea’s linked I’m hearing. I’d love him to come,” Wright said.

“The thing is when you look at what we’re doing now and the defensive side of things. For me, now, if I had any kind of coaching ability, my teams would be built from defence and that’s where we are at the moment, difficult to score against. So if you can get that guy who takes the half-chance, in games where it’s very tight, you’re under a lot of pressure, creaking but hanging in there. But you make a chance and score and before you know it you’re 2-0 up. That’s where that player comes into his own. That’s what we need, that’s who we are missing, who takes that chance under pressure. That’s all we need. If we could get (Osimhen) we would be causing problems across Europe. If I had a choice between Arsenal and Chelsea now, I’m saying Arsenal, in the current climate.”

Wright talks about it here but there is a need for Arsenal to go and get that quality number nine signed if they are to ever really become top dogs.

We’ve all seen the difference Erling Haaland made with Manchester City and you do feel that’s the sort of impact Osimhen could have on Arsenal.

His goals and performances with Napoli have been nothing short of superb and with Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah still not doing the business, his arrival would be significant.

Of course, money could be an issue, as could interest from big-spending Chelsea. But Osimhen is the real deal, and he’d make Arsenal a huge contender on all fronts.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are quite serious about their pursuit of Osimhen amidst interest from Chelsea.

Osimhen has been on fire over the past 18 months. Last season, he scored goals for fun and helped Napoli end their drought for the Serie A title. His impressive performances resulted in a total of interest during the summer but the Napoli-based club managed to hold onto their star.

The Spanish manager is a big admirer of Osimhen and he would love to have the Nigerian international at his disposal. The club are aware of the fact that a new star forward could help them push for the Premier League title that they haven’t won since 2004.

As the Gunners are well aware of the importance of a new forward, they have kept aside a huge amount of funds to land him at the Napoli ace at the club. According to the report, Arsenal could fork out £120 million to land him at the club.