Is Donyell Malen an upgrade on Reiss Nelson as Saka’s backup at Arsenal?

Donyell Malen said in February that he would be willing to return to Arsenal, where he previously played as an academy player from 2015 to 2017.

Florian Plettenberg from Sky recently disclosed that Arsenal and Liverpool were among the ‘most serious’ transfer destinations for Malen. The German journalist said that for at least £34 million, the North Londoners could re-sign the winger, who was open to return to the UK.

Charles Watts has recently laid out a compelling case for Mikel Arteta to prioritize completing Malen’s swoop. Watts believes Arsenal can’t go wrong by replacing him with Malen — why so?

Watts describes the Borrussia Dortmund player as an upgrade to Nelson on his YouTube channel, saying, “He’s talked very openly about wanting to come back to Arsenal if he does come back to the Premier League.. He wouldn’t be at the top of my list, I have to say, from what I’ve seen of him, but he’s certainly an interesting player who can fill those positions… As much as I like Reiss Nelson, I think he would certainly be an upgrade.”

With 11 goals and three assists in 23 games, the Dutch international would undoubtedly be a valuable addition to this Arsenal team. As Arsenal is also anxious about finding a trustworthy Saka backup. Could Malen be that guy?.

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  1. In Jesus and Trossard we already two internationals who are entirely comfortable on the RW and can readily step in for Saka should the need arise.On the left we have young talents like Martinelli and ESR so even if Nelson is sold I would suggest a quality central striker is more of a priority than another winger.Fans have to recognise the implications of FFP on the UK transfer market which essentially means we have to sell before we buy big to avoid sustaining heavy losses .Until the FFP regulations are revised,which needs to happen soon, imo, we have to exercise financial prudence in our recruitment plans.

    1. The fact that he’s club-trained under uefa-competion squad-regulations may come into it. We currently have Saka, Martinelli, ESR, Nketiah and Nelson so we’re ok at the moment, but if the latter two or three are moved on then it could create a problem.

  2. I agree with you, dad. Jesus and Leo can play in all three positions; right, middle and left. What Arsenal now need is a guy like that Swede Viktor Gyökeres. That would be something. The first of his three goals in the 6-1-game lately is that kind of goal I miss most at Emirates… The guy throwing his body full power into the 6 yard box, a short range shoot out. Point blank. Not pretty but so effective. A CF who regularly scores goals like that is worth gold. The Fox in the Box!

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