Arsenal of England have thrown up their long history of Nigerian players, in their bid to hook the signature of David Olatokunbo Alaba from Bayern Munich, with the examples of Nwankwo Kanu and Alex Iwobi now touted for him to emulate at Emirates Stadium.
Although Alaba has spoken about his love for either of the Spanish duo of Real Madrid and Barcelona, footballlive.ng gathered that Arsenal are eager to pounce of the left-back’s outspoken love for The Gunners.
Alaba has always confessed his love for Arsenal, having been inspired by the heroics of Kanu with ‘The Invincibles’ under Arsene Wenger, and the Austria international is now being touted to follow suit in the summer.
Aside the presence of Iwobi in The Gunners’ current squad, the London club also have a long list of young Nigerian players in their academies or on loan at other clubs ouitside England.
Among the Arsenal kids at Emirates Stadium are Folarin Balogun, Bukayo Saka and Arthur Okonkwo, while Kelechi Nwakali is on loan at FC Porto, with all the Nigerian connections sure to remind Alaba of his father’s country, and all of which The Gunners hope will inspire him into a deal.
Footballlive.ng gathered further that Arsenal’s top brass are convinced they can tempt Alaba this summer, having already made him top on their priority list in five new signings.
Alaba was once recognised as one of the world’s best full-backs but his future with The Bavarians has been cast in dopubt with their capture of 2018 World Cup winner, Lucas Hernandez from Atletico Madrid of Spain.
Hernandez, who can play at left-back and central defence, is considered a huge threat to Alaba’s place in Bayern’s squad, as the new arrival signed for £68m, to join up with his new club this summer.
With Hernandez not expected to be benched, due to his hefty pay, his arrival could spell the end for Alaba, such that Arsenal are set to make their interest in him concrete, and help him get a revival in London.