It was hardly surprising to hear Arsene Wenger admit recently that Arsenal were keeping an eye on the young Monaco and France international star Kylian Mbappe, as the 18-year old is one of the most pacy and prolific forwards in the football world right now.
Neither was it a surprise to hear our manager suggest that the Gunners would not be the club to sign him this summer because a lot of other clubs in the Premier League and around Europe would also want to seal this transfer and we would struggle to compete financially.
However, Wenger’s suggestion that Arsenal would not be a serious contender for Mbappe may just have been revealed to be a bit of a bluff by his former player and current member of the Arsenal coaching team, none other than the great Rober Pires.
Our former star was interviewed recently by BWIN and asked about the young French forward and unlike his boss Pires claimed that there is a strong chance that Arsenal will be the side to sign him, although he also said that the comparisons between the Monaco star and his former teammate Thierry Henry were a bit premature.
The Gunners coach said, “The comparison is unnecessary, he’s not ready to be compared to Thierry. Mbappe is a very similar player but to compare the two players would be unfair. I hope that Kylian can follow in the footsteps of Thierry Henry, he has the same profile as Thierry – quick, strong and a great finisher – but he’s very young so I would hold off on comparisons just yet.
“I do think Arsenal will sign him. The problem is how much. Mbappe has the potential to play for Arsenal and Wenger is the right manager to manage him. Monaco and Arsenal are very similar in clubs, so it won’t be much of a transition.”
I originally thought that Arsenal have little or no chance of this transfer but Pires does have a point about the Monaco, Henry and Mbappe connection and you could understand why this very promising young striker might feel that Arsenal under Le Prof would be a good move for him. Could it really happen?