08/10/2021; 1:06 PM By : Steven D. Thompson
Arsenal is rebuilding and shaping up for the challenges and rigours of the future. With Premier League clubs taken over by billionaire sugar daddies, the Gunners need to be creative to stay competitive.
Arsenal finished eighth twice in the past two seasons showing a drop in quality at the club. Gone are the days when the club finished in the top four, even with a tiny budget. Arteta now has to rehash the Wenger days by bringing in quality players at a low cost.
In the current economic climate, it is easier said than done. The best players follow the money. Once, the competition was with Manchester United, but now Chelsea, Manchester City have joined the fray. Foreign influence has also added to the competition.
It is perhaps why Genk Nigerian striker Paul Onuachu is disappointed at his failed Arsenal move. With Lacazette possibly leaving the Gunners next summer, there might be room for yet another forward in the club’s ranks.
Paul Onuachu has once again stated his desire to leave Genk with reports suggesting Arsenal were keen to acquire his services.
Onuachu joined Genk in 2019 and has been in fine form ever since. He arrived at the Belgian club from the Danish side Midtjylland. Last season he was in top form, which should have convinced Arsenal that this is the forward that should be leading the lines for them. The Nigerian international scored 35 goals in 41 appearances in all competitions and was in contention for the European Golden Boot.
If there were doubts over his ability to be consistent, Onuachu is erasing those doubts as he has continued from where he left off last season. In eight appearances in the Belgian Pro League, Onuachu has scored nine times. What more can Onuachu do to convince Arsenal that at £20 million, he is a bargain.
The Athletic reported in July of Arsenal’s interest in the 27-year-old forward. Voetbal Krant also suggests the player was keen to leave Genk in the summer.
A deal has yet to materialize, but Onuachu dispelled all doubts concerning where his heart currently lies. He said he expected to train with Genk for a few more weeks before leaving for a new club. He claims to have waited and was disappointed that at the end of it all, nothing happened. He feels he has done enough to secure a transfer.
Onuachu prides himself as a “lifelong fan” of Arsenal.
He told Own Goal Nigeria that it would be nice to strut his stuff for Arsenal, but at the moment, he is still waiting.
Meanwhile, Marseille loanee Matteo Guendouzi claims he is happiest at Marseille. The player who got a recent invite to Les Bleus said he hadn’t been this happy since the start of his career.