Arsenal Signs Nigeria’s Henry Onyekuru
Fresh off his two-year contract extension, Arsene Wenger has landed Nigerian striker Henry Onyekuru for a reported £6.8 million from Belgian top division club KAS Eupen.
Onyekuru, 19, finished the 2016/17 season as the top scorer in Belgium’s Jupiler Liga prompting the Gunners to trigger the £6.8 million release clause in his contract. He reportedly turned down moves from Belgian giants Brugge and Anderlecht, according to Sky Sports.
The pacy attacker, a long-time Gunners fan, bagged an impressive 25 goals and provided 14 assists for Eupen this season to inevitably bring down the curtain on his time in the European lower leagues.
He made his debut for Eupen in 2015 as a 17-year-old and helped the club achieve promotion to the Belgian top flight in his debut season.
The move by Wenger, heavily criticised after a disappointing campaign that saw the Gunners finish fifth, may not go down well with large sections of the Emirates who have been yearning for marquee signings, but it follows in the tradition of Arsenal legends down the years.
Onyekuru is presently on international duty with the Eagles having been called up by Gernot Rohr, and is set to make his bow in the friendly against Togo in Paris on Thursday.