Arsenal might have finally found the new Henry -- literally.
The Gunners have opened talks with Belgian club KAS Eupen for 19-year-old striker Henry Onyekuru, sources have told ESPN FC -- possibly hoping the Nigerian teenager will follow in the footsteps of Thierry Henry at the Emirates.
Onyekuru -- who wears "Henry" on the back of his shirt -- has emerged as one of the most exciting young prospects in Europe by becoming one of the leading scorers in Belgium with 24 goals and nine assists. However, he remains untested at the top level and is probably not the kind of established top-class striker Arsenal fans are hoping for this summer.
In fact, he remains relatively unknown outside Belgium and Nigera -- so here are five things to know about Onyekuru ...
Onyekuru is still a raw talent, but he possesses the overall game a modern forward needs. He loves dropping deep to pick up the ball and drive at defenders, is an excellent dribbler and a good finisher both from distance and in the box. He can also play both centrally and on the wing, a quality that Arsene Wenger cherishes in his attackers. There are still questions about his abilities to take on top-level defenders, however, and whether he is strong enough to play as a striker in the Premier League.
Onyekuru has only played one season as a professional in Europe but has already amassed quite the highlight reel, with a couple of truly stunning solo goals to his name. One of his best came last week in a Europa League playoff game against Royal Excel Mouscron, when he picked up the ball well inside his own half and drove past five defenders before scoring. If he moves to Arsenal, he could have a chance to pull that off in the Europa League group stage next season.
Onyekuru had been overlooked by Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr despite his impressive exploits this season, until he finally received his first call-up as a replacement for the team's upcoming friendlies against Corsica and Togo. That should give him a chance to discuss a move to Arsenal with Alex Iwobi, who broke into Wenger's first team last year. Arsenal also have another talented Nigerian teenager on their books, Kelechi Nwakali, who was signed last summer and spent this season on loan at Dutch club MVV Maastricht.
Arsenal are far from the first club to be linked with Onyekuru. Celtic came close to signing him in January, and Everton, Southampton and West Ham have all expressed an interest. Onyekuru said recently that he will be looking to move to a bigger club this summer, and that the Premier League is his preferred destination.
"I have made my decision to leave," he said in January. "I have already agreed with Eupen that I am joining my new club after this season."
Where does he fit at Arsenal?
Wenger already has a multitude of forwards at his disposal, with Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck, Lucas Perez and Theo Walcott all playing up front at some point this season. Perez -- and possibly Giroud -- could end up leaving the club this summer, but probably only if Arsenal also bring in a new established striker. The Gunners also have their own exciting teenage prospect, Eddie Nketiah, who has been pouring in goals for the club's academy sides lately. So if Onyekuru does join, he might be more of a signing for the future than for right now.