Arsenal eye Nigerian Bundesliga star to fix goal issues

Arsenal's attack is, without a shadow of a doubt, its priority in the January transfer window.

While Arsenal have a strikeforce worthy of envy, it is not without issues. Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah have been lacking sharpness in front of goal. Contributions from Gabriel Martinelli, Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka have also not been sufficient, especially in games where they have to dig deeper.

“We have to try to generate. If we don’t score with 30 shots, then we have to do 50 or 60 to try to score. That’s the only thing. I can’t imagine a game where we have more touches in the box, more dominance and fewer situations for the opponent against a really good West Ham side. Today, though, it wasn’t enough to win the game.” Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta lamented after suffering a loss to London rivals West Ham.

Arsenal lead the chase for Victor Boniface

Victor Boniface of Bayer Leverkusen
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To solve this issue, the Gunners are reportedly closing on Nigerian forward Victor Boniface. The 23-year-old's impressive performances for German side Bayer 04 Leverkusen have attracted the interest of several potential suitors, with the English side reportedly leading the race.

With 16 goals and eight assists in 23 appearances, Boniface, who joined Leverkusen from Belgian side Union Saint-Gilloise in July last year, has been crucial to Xabi Alonso’s team leading the Bundesliga table. So far, they are unbeaten in the league and are currently four points clear of the defending champions Bayern Munich.

Boniface key to Super Eagles' AFCON quest

Victor Boniface in Nigeria colours
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A clinical finisher and capable of playing anywhere across the frontline, Boniface could be exactly what the Gunners are looking for. He can hold up the ball and link up well, along with a great finishing instinct, as his returns this season suggest.

Boniface is currently away on international duty, hoping to shine for the Super Eagles at the upcoming AFCON in Ivory Coast. The Super Eagles last won the tournament in 2013. And they placed in Group A alongside hosts Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissau and Equatorial Guinea,

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