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Olunga begs Wenger for a chance to play for Arsenal

By HILARY KIMUYU February 17th, 2016 1 min read

Kenyan international Michael Olunga has made a passionate appeal to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger on YouTube asking to be signed for the club.

In the video, which was carried by the British media – including – the young striker speaks candidly and directly to Gunners’ boss expressing his desire to join the English Premier League side.

“Hi Arsene Wenger. I’m Michael Olunga Ogada. I’m a striker at Gor Mahia FC which is in Kenya. I’m currently the best striker in Kenya. I have scored 38 goals all season and my dream is to play for Arsenal,” Olunga says in the video.

“I’m a young talent of 21 years of age (sic). I hope you’ll consider my request to come there and maybe join your feeder team, if not the senior team, and in the coming years I’ll be sure to repay your faith,” he concludes.


Olunga is currently on trial with Swedish club IF Djurgarden where he is already marking a positive impression.

At the weekend he scored a stunning goal during a friendly match against Norwegian side Aalesund in Stockholm which his team won 2-0.

Olunga made his debut for Harambee Stars in a friendly against Seychelles at the Stade Linité in Victoria on March 28, 2015. He scored his first goal for the Harambee Stars in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match against Zambia, but could not help prevent Harambee Stars from falling to a 2-1 loss at the Nyayo National Stadium.

Olunga is currently studying Geospatial Engineering at the Technical University of Kenya, where he enrolled in 2013 and is pursuing a Bachelor of Engineering degree. For this reason, he is popularly known as “The Engineer” by Kenyan football fans.