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Arsenal Keen To Sign This French Defensive Prodigy: One For The Future?

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As per one of the latest reports put forth by The Sun, Premier League heavyweights Arsenal are keen to lure Le Havre’s blossoming youngster Harold Moukoudi to the Emirates Stadium in January.

However, making him sign on the dotted line will not be a walk in the park for the Gunners as the other top clubs of the continent like Nice, Bordeaux and Red Bull Leipzig are also monitoring his progress closely. Impliedly, it would not be easy for Arsenal and thus, they have to take proactive measures to prise him out of the ranks of the Ligue 2 outfit.

Arsene Wenger has perennially been an ambassador of nurturing young talents and giving them the license to thrive under his tactical nous, with Hector Bellerin, Alex Iwobi and Rob Holding being the latest examples of his inclination towards the development of the starlets.

The North London based outfit have failed to manoeuvre a solid start to their league campaign, as they are placed 7th in the league table with 10 points after their five outings. Wenger has been under immense pressure of late from fans and media alike, particularly after their lacklustre form as well as their lack of activities during the summer transfer window.

Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac were the only additions, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Yaya Sanogo, Kieran Gibbs, Gabriel Paulista and Wojciech Szczesny leaving the club this summer. Monsieur Wenger’s defensive line is ageing and considering that Per Mertesacker is due to retire at the end of the ongoing campaign, they are apparently vouching for his replacement.

Thus, their apparent knack to sign Moukoudi makes perfect sense, for he is a player of fine calibre and can fit the bill meticulously. Le Havre has produced some dazzling names like Paul Pogba, Riyad Mahrez and Dimitri Payet and Moukoudi is perceived to be the next big thing to have emerged from their setup. The 19-year-old is highly rated in his country and has played for France U16, U17 and U19 too.

A central defender by trade, the 19-year-old is tailor-made for the rigours of the English top division and he would be an astute signing for the red half of North London. He is a powerful and strong lad and works comfortably on the ball, which make him an appealing commodity. In case he is signed by Arsenal, a loan deal might be on the cards for him to brush himself further before he challenges for bagging a place in the starting line-up.

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