38-goal Kenyan international wants Arsenal but signs for Swedish side

Arsenal have just signed two young Nigerian youth international players, so it is obvious that Arsene Wenger has got scouts watching African players at the moment. Now it seems the best young player in Kenya, is also desperate to be given a chance to prove himself at the Emirates and last year he sent a personal message to Arsene Wenger via a Youtube video.

Michael Olunga was only 21 but is already a full Kenyan international and had scored 38 goals for Gor Mahia in last season’s Kenya Premier League, and is obviously committed to playing in the biggest Leagues in Europe, but his dream is to play for Arsenal.

To further that ambition he signed a four-year deal yesterday with the Swedish giants Djurgardens after a month’s trial in which he impressed the club. Djurgarden’s sporting director Bosse Andersson said: “The development potential is huge so with the peace and quiet of our Djurgården environment he can develop into a striker able to play in the biggest leagues in Europe.

“That’s Michael’s own ambitions and he has the characteristics required for it.”

Olunga, whose nickname is The Engineer, has made no secret of the fact that he thinks this will just be a stepping stone to greater things, and I am sure if he can score just as many goals in the Allsvenskan then he will draw attention from our scouts, but first of all he has to start proving himself. He told the BBC: “In the beginning I have to get going, but once I get started I tend to get on a roll with my scoring,” he told the club’s website.

“So far I have only played friendlies but it feels like a good level.

“Everything is very well organized and the quality of the training camp has been very good. It feels like it’s a good springboard to the big European leagues.”

If, by any chance, he does to turn into a superstriker in Sweden, at least Arsenal know that they will have an advantage if the big clubs come calling, as proved by this video he made last year…

Tags Djurgardens Kenya Olunga Sweden


  1. I have watched him in the local league, he’s a beast of a striker with all the qualities. Can compare his style to that of Kanu,also his stature..I wish him well.


    U make a come get me PLea…….. Nobody does!

    U do a kallstrom in a 2nd division club and for a free……U are an Identified Target

    Micheal OLunga should know this and quit beating about the bush!

  3. Arsenal have never signed a player that begged them to be signed. Michael Olunga should bear this in his mind. But if he continues to progress remarkably well in his art of footballing, Arsenal scouts may start scouting him and possibly recommend him to the Boss to look at him, and if the Boss is convinced of Odunga’s quality, he may sign him on. So, Olunga should be praying over his dreams to star for Arsenal to come to pass sooner than later.

    Has the Boss officially signed Kekechi Nwakali and Samuel Chukwueze? The 2 Nigerians Golden Eaglets players that excel at Fifa’s Under 17 World Cup tournament in Chile last year. I have not read about their official signings on Arsenal.com. Maybe I missed it.

  4. Wenger should invite him for a trial. ASAP. The market is very competitive these days and you wouldn’t want another club to be quicker off the mark than you. We wouldn’t want a future sob article moaning on how we missing out on one of the most lethal strikers around.

      1. Believe me, if we called him for a trial, his club will lodge a Missing Person notice with the police the very next morning :/

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