Why I rejected Arsenal after speaking with Wenger – Victor Osimhen

Nigeria international, Victor Osimhen, has revealed that he rejected a move to Arsenal despite speaking with Arsene Wenger.

Osimhen, 21, joined Wolfsburg in January 2016 after an impressive display at the Under 17 World Cup which Nigeria won.

The Lille forward told the Independent that he chose Germany because he felt it would be better for his development.

“I spoke with Arsene Wenger after the tournament ended and he wanted me to come to Arsenal,” he said.

“I had a lot of options. Barcelona, Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid, Juventus and the rest.

“Arsenal was a good option but it wasn’t the best at the time. I wanted to start playing as soon as I turned 18.

“I wanted to go to a place where I had time to invest in my game and improve physically. Wolfsburg showed me that possibility.”

Osimhen is enjoying a brilliant debut campaign in Ligue 1, having scored 18 goals for Lille in 38 games in all competitions so far before the season was halted indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The forward hopes to play someday in the Premier League, revealing that he had spoken with international teammate, and on-loan Manchester United striker, Odion Ighalo, about his desire.

“Of course, one day I’d like to play for a big club in England,” said Osimhen.

“I’ve spoken to Odion (Ighalo) about it. He gave me very good advice, he’s a legend and a big brother. My goal is to play at one of the biggest clubs in the world but now I’m very happy in Lille.

“My priority is to play a lot of games. Signing for a big club and being on the bench is not exciting for me.”