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Arsenal Emerge As Shock Suitors For Chelsea Youngster: Smart Choice By Wenger?

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Anas Molla
An ageing teenager who apparently still likes Twenty One Pilots and HIMYM. Also fascinated by Greek and Egyptian mythology and history. Still waiting for my man Milos Raonic to win a Grand Slam.

Chelsea are working on contract negotiations with Charly Musonda as the Blues aim to secure his future at Stamford Bridge. The Belgian U-21 starlet is regarded as one of the hottest prospects among the Chelsea ranks. Musonda had his breakout season two years ago at Real Betis, where he made 16 appearances for the Spanish outfit.

However, the 20-year-old was largely restricted to the reserves after returning to his parent club Chelsea earlier this year. And despite Chelsea’s initial wish to secure a long-term deal with Belgian youth International, few PL clubs are already well aware of his situation at Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal are known to be admirers of Charly Musonda, and his current low paying contract at Chelsea could help the Gunners persuade him for a move to the Emirates. But what do Arsenal gain with the services of the Belgian starlet?

Naturally a central attacking midfielder, Musonda is a pacy dribbler who can run at the opposition at a quick pace, somewhat resembling Henrikh Mkhitaryan of Manchester United. His fluency with the ball is reflected in his ability to churn out chances even in tight spaces.

But his strongest asset is definitely the dribbling ability he possesses. In the 2015-16 season, only Neymar (75) had completed more successful dribbles in La Liga than Charly Musonda (57), which speaks for itself.

Furthermore, despite having a less than an intimidating figure, standing at only 1.73m, Musonda is pretty hard to get knocked off the ball. He remains resolute using his body during his mazy runs at opposition defences, much like Eden Hazard.

That being said, Musonda has still got some areas to improve on. The Belgian lacks the strength to prevail in any 1v1 duels. In fact, coach Antonio Conte has urged the attacker to improve on his physical aspect of the game following his amazing performance against Nottingham in the Carabao Cup. He also needs to improve on his crosses if he wants to make a mark in the Premier League.

However, there’s no doubt that Musonda is full of potential. The 20-year-old has proved himself in the top flight, during his time at Real Betis and whilst his lack of playing time at the Bridge seems rather harsh considering his wealth of talent, it may be time for him to make a move rather than rot on the bench.

Arsenal could be a perfect fit for Charly Musonda, as star players such as Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are peppering over their contract extensions, which could make way for Musonda to find some necessary game time next season. Although it seems as if Antonio Conte was really impressed with his performance in the Carabao Cup, and is finally willing to offer him playing time. So should he make a move if the chance arises?

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