With Arsenal still struggling to reignite the greatness of yesteryears, a finely written plot off a script of a certain youngster named Henry, donning the No. 14 of the famous Arsenal shirt of his idol Thierry Henry and leading the team to a Premier League title could make a fantastic movie.
In reality, it would become one of the greatest stories of Premier League history and that’s what Nigerian youngster Henry Onyekuru is on the verge of doing.
The first step in doing that is to actually sign for Arsenal who tabled an offer for the 20-year-old who plays for Belgian side, KAS Eupen.
Before the fairy-tale reality of his expected move to Arsenal, Onyekuru was just a boy in love with football.
It was in 2011 that scouts from Aspire Foundation spotted the Imo State born talent in Lagos and took him for trials at their headquarters in Qatar.
After emerging as one of the few successful candidates, Onyekuru stayed with the foundation for four years schooling and playing in their Academy.
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After graduating from the Academy he was transferred to Belgian club KAS Eupen which is the feeder club of the Qatar-owned Aspire Foundation, owners of Paris Saint-Germain.
As at that time, KAS Eupen were in the second division and Onyekuru had to wait for his chance which came the following year after their promotion to the top Belgian division.
Some incredible performances, 24 goals and made 14 assists later just last season has made him one of the most exciting youngsters in Europe.
Premier League Dreams
With several interests from several clubs, Onyekuru publicly stated his preference for the Premier League and Arsenal have presented the opportunity.
Not just the opportunity to play in the Premier League but to walk in the shoes of his idol Henry, an Arsenal and one of the greatest Premier League players ever.
“I am very happy because Thierry Henry has been my idol since I was a kid. I have been watching him play,” Onyekuru said in an interview with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
“I watch his clips on Youtube and I remember telling the Belgium press that if I have to move I will move to the Premier League cause I want to be like Thierry Henry.”
Indeed Onyekuru has some similarities with Henry. Blessed with terrific pace, he plays everywhere in attack. He like Henry likes playing from the left where he cuts in from his left and trouble defenders with his pace and skills.
He can also play as an out and out striker.
But while all these do not guarantee he will have any sort of impact like Henry, his trajectory has indicated that he is on his way to greatness.
Super Eagles call-up
After a brilliant season with Eupen, Onyekuru has been given a national team call-up; he was involved in the recent friendly games against Corsica and Togo.
He is set for a competitive debut in Nigeria’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers against South Africa on Saturday, June 10.
“I’m happy because it’s a great honour for me to represent my country, it’s a good feeling and it’s the dream of any young player in this country to one day wear the green, white shirt,” he said.