Arsenal’s transfer business so far this summer has been excellent.
The Gunners have made two high quality acquisitions in both Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette, and should Arsene Wenger make a couple more – namely a centre-midfielder and another winger – as well as keep hold of his top players – namely Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil – then the Frenchman’s side look like one that can really challenge for the title next year.
Saying that however, Wenger could have already ticked another one of those targets off his transfer wish list in the form of Henry Onyekuru.
Very almost a Gunner only a month ago, the Nigerian nipped through the hands of Wenger and Arsenal, ending up agreeing to join Premier League rivals Everton. He will spend next season on-loan with Belgian side Anderlecht.
Onyekuru is not of the quality for the first team of any top team’s starting eleven. Yet.
What happened to the days when Arsenal gambled on young players? Cesc Fabregas was 16 at the time he joined the Gunners. Patrick Vieira was only 20. And we all know about the young boy from Juventus who went on to become the club’s greatest ever player.
As the joint top scorer in the Belgian first division last season and having earned an international call-up, the Nigerian undoubtedly has talent. Talent that could have been nourished and nurtured by the club as they have done so well in the past.
But it was not to be, and the Gunners may just live to regret it in a few years.