Former Arsenal defender Mikael Silvestre has expressed his preference for African player of the Year Victor Osimhen over Brentford’s Ivan Toney in Arsenal’s quest for a new striker this month.
As the Gunners explore options in the January transfer market, Silvestre believes Osimhen’s playing style would be better suited to Arsenal.
“In my eyes, Victor’s a more complete striker than Ivan Toney,” Silvestre told GGRecon. “I believe his style would be better suited to Arsenal too.
“As soon as Osimhen joined Napoli from Lille, he needed six months to adapt and then after that he became a real threat and scored a lot of goals.”
Mikael Silvestre, a French former professional footballer, had a successful career with clubs like Manchester United, Arsenal, and Inter Milan. He emphasizes Osimhen’s adaptability and effectiveness in Serie A, contributing significantly to Napoli’s Serie A title triumph last season.
Silvestre, who won several honors during his playing career, including five Premier League titles with Manchester United and the UEFA Champions League in 2008, believes Osimhen’s attributes make him a better fit for Arsenal’s style of play.
“He was key to Napoli winning the Serie A title last season and for the reasons I’ve provided, I would prefer Arsenal to sign Osimhen over Ivan Toney.” the Frenchman added.
On the other hand, Ivan Toney has been a standout performer for Brentford in the Premier League, showcasing his goal-scoring prowess.
However, Silvestre’s preference for Osimhen highlights the diversity of opinions regarding the characteristics Arsenal seeks in a new striker.
As Arsenal continues its pursuit of offensive reinforcements, the comparison between Osimhen and Toney adds an intriguing dimension to the ongoing transfer discussions with their availability a significant challenge .
The Gunners aim to bolster their attacking options, and the decision-making process involves weighing the strengths and adaptability of potential targets with Everton forward, Dominic Calvert-Lewin another forward linked to Arsenal this month.