Kylian Mbappe is undoubtedly the most highly-rated youngster at the moment. Despite numerous elite clubs said to be interested in acquiring the services of the Monaco forward, it appeared as though Arsenal would also take their shot at landing the player. But unfortunately for Arsenal fans, the Frenchman’s ‘obsession’ with the Champions League will certainly be a roadblock towards any potential move to the Emirates.
Mbappe told Telefoot: “The Champions League is a dream, a competition that everyone wants to win and that only a minority can win – the most important are the titles.
“That would be much more of an obsession for me than the Ballon d’Or, for example. I want to touch the stars and, when you dream, you do not dream of playing the middle of the table or maintaining it.”
Well, despite Wenger seemingly willing to break the bank on the player, it seems as though Arsenal can forget about him now. While there were rumors earlier that Mbappe would consider joining the Gunners to develop further under the guidance of Wenger, the 18-year-old sensation seems to have effectively put those rumors to rest, and you can understand why.
During his first taste of Champions League football, Mbappe was one of the stand-out players for Monaco as the French champions went as far as the semi-finals. The much-coveted youngster scored as many as 6 goals in 9 Champions League matches and his first experience of Europe’s elite football competition has left him hungry for more.
So unfortunately for the Gunners, it looks like ‘the new Henry’ will ply his trade elsewhere. At around £130 million, he was perhaps a little too expensive anyway. However, Alexandre Lacazette stated that a lack of Champions League football would not be a deal-breaker for him and is understood to be available for around £40 million. Let’s just hope Wenger can move quickly and lure the Lyon hitman to the Emirates.