Arsenal risk losing out in their ongoing pursuit of KAS Eupen striker Henry Onyekuru if the 20-year-old Nigerian isn’t convinced that he will get regular chances to play and develop, with the player declaring he doesn’t want to move anywhere he’ll just sit on the bench.

The Gunners are thought to be favourites to land Onyekuru after plenty of reports up to now that a £6.8m deal with Belgian club Eupen has been agreed.

But with a number of other clubs also interested in his signature, the decision over where he now goes lies with the player and where he sees the best opportunities to continue his rise.

“The first and most important thing for a player is to get playing time. I’m still young and I still have a long career to pursue but now I need to play,” Onyekuru told KweséESPN in his native Nigeria.

“My agents are in talks with top clubs in the Premier League, Bundesliga, French league and others. If they accept our terms, then I’ll make a decision,” he added.


“It’s not just about going to a big club and sitting on the bench. It’s not good for me, or being loaned to a club where I won’t play or where I will struggle to play. The money can come later but for now, I just want to play to improve, not just to play for a big club.”

Onyekuru may not view chances at Arsenal too favourably after the experience of Lucas Perez. The Spaniard is set to depart just a year after his £17m arrival from Deportivo La Coruna having hardly been given an opportunity to play in the Premier League.