ENGLISH Premiership table toppers Arsenal are planning to launch an audacious bid for Nigerian forward Odion Ighalo this summer in the hope of pricing him away from fellow premier league side Watford to solve their persistent goal-scoring problems.
Arsenal currently sit at the top of the Premiership table with 42 points but have only scored 34 goals compared with 37 for second place Leicester City and 39 for third-placed Manchester City. Heavily dependent on French man Olivier Giroud for goals, Arsenal have struggled to score whenever he is injured or suspended.
At the moment, Arsenal’s forward line has been depleted due to injuries to strikers Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez and manager Arsene Wenger is keen to address this. Ighalo, who has been in scintillating form this term which is his participation in the Premier League, has so far scored a total of 14 goals in 20 appearances.
His displays on the pitch have been very heart warming and in October 2015 when Arsenal and Watford met, he gave the Gunners defensive line a hard time. Although Arsenal went on to win the game 3-0, Ighalo breached the Gunners defense repeatedly and was very unfortunate not to have scored at least twice.
Watford’s captain Troy Deeney, Ighalo’s team-mate and striking partner, has already vowed to reject any approach from Arsenal if the club should come for him. Both strikers have caught the eye at Vicarage Road when the two sides met, especially in the first half but eventually, Watford got worn-down and succumbed to three late arsenal goals.
After the match, the Watford players were, all applauded off the pitch by their teeming fans, who appreciated their spirited display. Since then, however, Ighalo has improved his game, he has gone on a phenomenal scoring run, hitting the back-of-the-net in six of his last seven league games for watford and is currently at the top of the league’s scorer’s chart as the second highest scorer.