Barcelona Academy product Sergi Canos is wanted by Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea according to latest reports.
There are several good reasons why Arsenal have an advantage over any other team, despite their lack of silverware, Champions League and any other generic reason you can think of as to why he shouldn’t move to the Emirates.
The primary reason comes in the form of current Barcelona star Cesc Fabregas who went on the exact same journey that Canos could be about to experience.
He left Barcelona as a youth, played for Arsenal and went back as one of the best midfielders in Europe. He is in essence, the living proof of why Canos should choose the Gunners over any other team.
The other reason is Arsene Wenger. The Frenchman has a proven method for helping young and foreign players settle into the ways of English football.
He has also proven time and time again that he has what it takes to develop teenagers and curb their all round game, to a point where they can go off and have superb careers. It’s just unfortunate they don’t always stay at Arsenal.
His position as a right winger is also something Arsenal should be going after because that can settle the issue of Theo Walcott playing as a centre forward once and for all.
Of course it’s naïve to think that a 16-year-old Canos would go straight into the Arsenal first team because he won’t, but it allows Arsenal to plan for the eventuality that Walcott will remain as a striker for the rest of his career in North London.
Resources are also important so if a move for Canos comes down to anything which is personally motivated, Arsenal have the resources to convince him, his family and his representatives that they are the right club to protect his interests.
They can offer him a competitive contract when he reaches 18-years-old and they can also offer him some of the most modern stadium and training facilities which currently exist.
You’ve also got to look at he way he’s been brought up playing football at Barcelona, in training sessions which are stopped if a youngster takes too many touches of the ball.
Arsenal are better suited than any other team to develop his pass and move game, which will benefit the way the first team plays and ultimately, will allow him to dominate in his position.
He could be tempted away by bigger money and more instant chances of silverware but if he’s got a sensible head on his shoulders and is well looked after, Arsenal have a great chance of getting him, certainly ahead of their Premier League rivals.
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