Arsenal: Arteta comments on Daniel Ek takeover speculation
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Genk striker Paul Onuachu ‘wants to end up at Arsenal’, according to reports. Onuachu has had a stunning season for Genk, scoring 32 goals in all competitions. It is by far the Nigerian’s best goalscoring campaign in his career.
Arsenal could be in the market for a striker due to doubt over the futures of two of their frontman.
Alexandre Lacazette’s contract at the Emirates expires in the summer of 2022 and it remains to be seen if the Gunners want to offer a new deal to a player who turns 30 this month.
Eddie Nketiah’s contract is also up next year and West Ham have been linked with a move for the out-of-favour academy graduate.
Folarin Balogun has penned a new deal to end speculation over his future at the club.
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But it remains to be seen how much Mikel Arteta will use the teenager as part of his first-team plans next season.
Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard and Red Bull Salzburg’s Patson Daka have both been linked with moves to Arsenal.
However, Onuachu provides another option for Arteta as he looks to rebuild his struggling squad.
Belgian outlet Voetbal Belgie says the striker wants to join Arsenal, with Genk wanting around £25.9million (€30m) for the 26-year-old’s signature.
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Onuachu started his professional career in Denmark with Midtjylland.
He scored 74 goals in 181 appearances for the Danish club before joining Genk in 2019.
Onuachu netted 10 times in his first season in Belgium but has been sensational this term, with 30 of his 32 strikes coming in the Belgian Pro League.
Meanwhile, Arteta insists talks over Lacazette’s future will commence when this season has ended.
Speaking in April, Arteta said: “The situation with Laca will get addressed in the summer.
“I will speak to him and just propose a future that we want and that’s it.
“Now I just want players focused and only focused on performing and getting the best out of them for the team.”
And on Nketiah, Arteta says it pains him to give the England under-21 star such few minutes.
He said in March: “It hurts as well because of how Eddie behaves and trains every day and because he’s a player from our academy, but he will have his chance.
“He needs to be patient and he’s showing no signs of lacking attitude or anything like that, it’s the complete opposite.
“He’s a joy to work with and he deserves minutes and if he doesn’t get it, it’s just my fault.”
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