Eddie Nketiah’s latest Arsenal decision points Mikel Arteta towards an £84m alternative to Gabriel Jesus – Bailey Keogh

Arsenal’s surprise decision to sign Eddie Nketiah means Edu must now target Victor Osimhen as a striker to be signed in the summer. Nketiah and Osimhen would make a good forward combination compared to the other forwards the Gunners have been associated with.

It seems like Nketiah will be staying at the club in the near future. According to the Daily Mail, the Hale End Academy graduate is finalizing a new contract that will take him beyond this summer. The report claims the details included a five-year deal that would see him at the club until 2027 on a salary of £100,000 a week. There’s also a £5m bonus to be paid as part of the deal, potentially saving the Gunners millions if they sign another striker.

The Gunners were also heavily linked with Gabriel Jesus in the summer transfer window. But due to the similarities in playstyle between Jesus and Nketiah, Osimhen would certainly be the more attractive option.

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Goal’s Charles Watts reported on Tuesday morning that Arsenal are also considering the option of Victor Osimhen, who is reportedly available for £84million. The Gunners have pursued the forward in recent years.

Osimhen is certainly the more attractive option than Jesus, now it seems Nketiah is staying at the club. The Napoli striker is an athletic, fast and imposing attacker. Mixing lightning quick turn with long-range speed, he’s certainly more than capable of being a formidable threat on Arsenal’s counterattack.

The Nigeria international would certainly fit the Arsenal profile and he was previously courted by former Gunners manager Arsene Wenger. Osimhen has been the star player for Napoli and his national side since joining from French club Lille in 2019, having scored 18 league goals in a single season.

Italian journalist Paolo Bargiggia revealed the Nigeria international was close to a move to Arsenal last year before joining the Naples-based club instead, and Osimhen himself has previously claimed the Gunners approached him as a youngster.

Speaking to The Independent in 2020, Osimhen said: “I spoke to Arsene Wenger after the tournament (U17 World Cup) ended and he wanted me to come to Arsenal.

“I had a lot of options. Barcelona; Inter Milan; Atletico Madrid; Juventus and the others. Arsenal was a good option but it wasn’t the best at the time. I wanted to start playing as soon as I was 18.”

Osimhen would be an excellent addition to the Gunners. While Jesus seems to be Edu’s preferred transfer target, it would be good for Arteta if there was a difference in batting options, which Nketiah and Jesus would struggle to offer due to the similarities in their stature and playstyle. Osimhen could offer a different style for the Brazilian.

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