Arsenal sent Bobby Bennett to watch Sunderland youngster Joel Asoro on Monday night.
The 17 year-old was playing for the Swedish Under-21 side against Spain as both team try to qualify for the European Championships, and Bennett was assigned the match to eye new talent, with the scout Arsenal’s main scout for the Scandinavian area.
Asoro has been attracting interest from a number of clubs this term, having been promoted to the Sunderland first-team squad since the summer, and even became the youngest ever player from his country to play in the Premier League.
The youngster is yet to make the squad for their Under-18 side, due to his commitments to the senior side and the Under-23 sides instead, and after impressing and scoring against Chelsea Under-23, was given a full 90 minutes of senior football as the Black Cats defeated Shrewsbury Town in the League Cup.
Arsenal are now keeping tabs on his progression, but they are far from alone in watching over him, with the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich, PSG, Lyon, Valencia, and both Milan sides claimed to be keen also.
The player is coy about the speculation surrounding his signature however, and was quick to play down that such top club’s scouts were at the game to watch him primarily.
Asoro said: “I’m not surprised by the fact that many scouts were there to see such a beautiful match.
“I do my job, we’ll see about the rest later on.”
The 17 year-old looks like he will enjoy his time around the first-team squad this season, and there will be plenty of time to see exactly how good he really is, although with Wenger talking up his hopes for Takuma Asano, there may not be too much room for another young striker within the first-team squad in the near future.
Does Asoro have what it takes to be a top striker? Does he obtain more potential than Asano?