Arsenal legend wants Gunners to sign Osimhen but warns Napoli striker will cost a lot of moneyPublished: November 21, 2023
Gunners legend Sol Campbell reckons that Victor Osimhen would be a great signing for Premier League club Arsenal but has warned that the Nigeria international will cost a lot of money.
The future of the Napoli star continues to dominate the back pages at home and abroad due to his contract standoff with the Italian champions.
Osimhen will enter the last twelve months of his contract with The Parthenopeans at the end of the 2023-2024 season and talks have been held over extending his stay at the Diego Maradona Stadium but no agreement has been reached as of now.
The 2015 Fifa U17 World Cup Golden Boot winner mustered 26 goals in 32 league appearances in 2022-2023 to become the first African player to win the Capocannoniere, awarded to the top scorer in the Italian top-flight, and has six goals in eight Serie A games this season.
Campbell has advised manager Mikel Arteta to bolster his squad with a proven goalscorer to compliment the attack.
Arsenal forwards Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka, Eddie Nketiah, and Leandro Trossard have totaled fourteen goals in the Premier League, just one more than the division's top scorer, Manchester City's Erling Haaland.
When asked what striker he wanted Arsenal to sign, Campbell told Mirror Football at the Web Summit in Lisbon: "Osimhen. But is he going to cost too much money? There's Ivan [Toney]. I think they're good [in other areas of the pitch].
"Center forward is one thing they might need to look at and see the possibilities, see what's out there, or wait until next season.
"But if the right person comes along, an out-and-out striker, that can unlock those tight games, knows what to do in those positions, and also keeps defence occupied to then free up other people, they should maybe look at it Christmas time - if not, definitely next season. The right person will offload the pressure on the team, I think."
Osimhen did not take part in the Super Eagles' back-to-back World Cup qualifying matches against Lesotho and Zimbabwe due to a hamstring injury he suffered while on international duty in October.
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