According to an interview with All Nigeria Soccer, Nigerian striker Austin Amateur said that he had a transfer agreement with Premier League heavyweights Arsenal during Arsene Wenger’s stint at the Emirates Stadium, but that the trade never went through.
Honestly, what if?
Even at age 29, Amateur has established himself as a reliable goalkeeper. After spending the previous season with Al-Masry in the Egyptian Premier League, where he contributed 24 goals or assists, he was named to Nigeria’s provisional roster for the 2021 African Cup of Nations.
If the transfer to Arsenal had gone through, one may speculate on the numerous paths his career could have taken. “It has always been my goal to play for Arsenal,” Amateur remarked in 2016. “I was at Warri Wolves when they came for me. As far as I’m concerned, financial constraints were the primary factor. I ought to be playing for Arsenal by now, or any English club.
Thank you, Coach Wenger, for your continued interest in me. What’s more, he hasn’t lost interest and his gaze is still fixed on me. Amateur is unlikely to have a memorable career in one of Europe’s top divisions by the time he turns 30.
Moreover, Amateur reveals, “when I was at Warri Wolves, I had an agreement with Arsenal.”During his stint with Yemi Malatyaspor in Turkey, the striker appeared in 20 league games but managed just three goals.
Not only does Amateur want to follow in the legendary shoes of Nwankwo Kanu at Arsenal, but so do a number of other Nigerian center-forwards. Last year, prolific Genk striker Paul Onuachu declared, “I really adore Arsenal.”
My favorite player ever, (Emmanuel) Adebayor, used to play for that team. He and Kanu both had a lot of admirers in me. The Arsenal games are some of my favorites to watch.
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