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In a weekend of reckoning across Serie A, there were tears of joy and sadness. 

At one end of the spectrum, Inter Milan were celebrating their first Serie A title in a decade, the sweet smell of champagne filling the San Siro air.

At the other end, Parma and Crotone were packing their bags ready to head back to Serie B, their spell in the top flight proving little more than a flying visit.

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However, it seems unlikely Simeon Tochukwu Nwankwo, otherwise known as ‘Simy’, will still be leading the line for relegated Crotone during those trips to Cremonese, Reggina and Frosinone next season.

One of the hottest strikers in European football has most certainly outgrown the relatively small pond that is the Stadio Ezio Scida. 

In 35 Serie A matches, Simy has scored 19 times. A dozen of those have come in his past ten games too, with only Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku finding the net more regularly in Italy’s top flight this term. 

And, with Simy due to turn 29 next month, the late-blooming Nigeria international will know, deep down, he will never have a better chance to join a major European club as he approaches the prime of his career. 

Perhaps that’s why, in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, he chose to shine a light on his admiration for a bonafide Premier League giant – an Arsenal side scouring the market for a new number nine, interestingly enough. 

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“I was cheering for Arsenal,” says the 6ft 6in Simy, who grew up idolising one of Nigeria’s favourite footballing sons. “Because Kanu was playing there. 

“I may not be the most technically refined, for some I am even the poorest, (but) it’s not a problem. The only thing I’m sure in my head is that every day I have to try to do better than the last.  

“Every day I have to give everything for my teammates. Respect the rules, be a professional, an example. I will try to do better and better because football and life are a continuous evolution. And I am sure that, in the end, I will get what I deserve.” 

What Simy deserves, following a season in which he has established himself as one of the most prolific strikers in a league full of elite-level goalscorers, is a big move to a European giant.  

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