Arsene Wenger wanted to sign me at Arsenal — Victor Osimhen
Napoli striker Victor Osimhen has revealed that he turned down a chance to join Arsenal at the age of 18 after being called by then-manager Arsene Wenger. The 24-year-old said that although he spoke with Wenger, he didn’t think it was the right time for him to join the North London club.
Victor Osimhen has been in superb form for Napoli this season, scoring 25 goals in 29 games across all competitions. His performances have helped Napoli establish a 19-point lead at the top of the Serie A table with 11 games remaining.
The Nigerian international’s form has attracted interest from several top Premier League clubs, including Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester United. However, Osimhen revealed that he had already spoken with Wenger when he was 18 and turned down the opportunity to join Arsenal.
Speaking in a recent interview with CentreGoals on Twitter, Victor Osimhen said, “I spoke with Arsene Wenger, and he wanted me to come to Arsenal, but it was not the best option at the time.”
Osimhen started his career at Ultimate Strikers Academy in Lagos before joining Wolfsburg’s youth team in 2017. He later moved to Charleroi in Belgium, where he scored 20 goals in 36 games in the 2018-19 season.
Osimhen then signed for Lille, where he scored 18 goals in 38 appearances in the 2019-20 season. His performances earned him a move to Napoli last summer, and he has continued to impress in Italy.
With his impressive form this season, Osimhen is likely to attract more interest from top European clubs in the summer transfer window. However, he will be focused on helping Napoli win the Serie A title and securing a place in the Nigerian national team for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.