By Muambo Edward
Football Writer, kick442.com – Cameroon
Lille and Nigerian international forward Victor Osimhen has revealed he is one of many players to turn down a chance to join Arsenal during Arsene Wenger’s reign as Manager of the West London outfit.
The native of Lagos has hit the ground running with French Ligue 1 side, Lille, since joining them last summer from Charleroi. He has scored 18 goals in 38 games across all competitions.
Osimhen moved to Europe in 2016, after helping Nigeria claim the CAF U-23 Afcon, but above all after shining in Nigeria’s fifth FIFA U-17 triumph in Chile with 10 goals, claiming the competition’s top scorer’s award.
He joint German Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg. He could have joint Arsenal, as the Gunners were one of many top clubs to be attracted by the Nigerian after his displays in Chile.
He preferred a move to Germany, claiming he thought it would have been better for his development, despite Arsene Wenger’s interest to sign to him.
“I spoke with Arsene Wenger after the tournament ended and he wanted me to come to Arsenal ,” Osimhen told The Independent.
“I had a lot of options. Barcelona, Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid, Juventus and the rest.
“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 Nigerian might have turned down Arsenal five years ago, but still dreams of the English top flight.
He has been talking to his compatriots plying their trades in England on what it takes to play in the English top flight.
“Of course, one day I’d like to play for a big club in England,” he added.
“I’ve spoken to Odion [Ighalo] about it. 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 at Lille.
“My priority is to play a lot of games. Signing for a big club and being on the bench is not my interest.”
Osimhen has won nine caps and scored four goals for the senior national team of Nigeria.
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