The fantastic Arsenal transfer rumour linking us with the Monaco wonderkid Kylian Mbappe was thought to be dead in the water with the news of Real Madrid coming in with an even bigger bid that Arsenal’s 100m euros, but the latest news means that perhaps it is not so cut and dried.
The French manager Didier Deschamps has advised the youngster to go to a club where he will definitely be first choice striker, and with Madrid’s amazing array of talent he certainly won’t be guaranteed anything, except perhaps a starring role in the future. Even Arsene Wenger has admitted that Deschamps is right, and Mbappe would definitely be ahead of Giroud and Welbeck at Arsenal!
Wenger said: “Where do you think he might finish? Somewhere where he has a good chance to play and is sure to play. That is why I think Deschamps made that statement.”
“He thinks that he needs to play but I would say as well on the other hand that the boy has made enough impression to be basically sure a club who spends a 100 million for you is basically to make at the start at least the red carpet.
“Nobody will buy a player for a 100 million and say, “Come on, sit in the stands.”
It would appear that Deschamps would prefer Mbappe to come to Arsenal, and it reminded of something the France coach said a couple of months ago when he called up Mbappe to the national first team squad, but left out Alexandre Lacazette, another possible Arsenal target. He said: “I wish Kylian to have the same career as Thierry Henry. Titi was very mature as a youngster, but I think Kylian is also a mature player,”
“Kylian has made the squad because he has shown over the past few months that he has the quality. Quality has no age.
“Everyone will ask if this is the right moment, but I am looking forward to seeing him with the group, he has a very specific skillset. Other youngsters have walked this path before him and I think this is the right moment for him.
“What makes him such a strong player, apart from his ability, is the way he always remains calm. That is very rare for someone his age.”
Deschamps added. “Lacazette is one of the players who could have made the squad,”
“He has been performing well, but I have to make some difficult choices. I can only tell him to keep going, even though I understand that he must be disappointed.
“But I have to make choices. We have a lot of attackers and I cannot include all of them.”
So it would appear that Deschamp believes that Mbappe is the better striker of the two, and he wants him to “emulate Henry”, and go to a club with guaranteed first team football. Step forward Arsenal!
Also, the Lyon hitman was also asked about Deschamps advice, and he said: “The advice of [Deschamps] counts. That will not guide my choice, but it will count. I do not think I will go to his office to ask. But there’s plenty of time to think about all this. There are important matches for France.”
So is this development looking good for Arsenal?