Arsene Wenger has always had a superb ability to take younger players, develop them into solid first team stars, eventually elevating them to superstar status at Arsenal.
That seems to be the reason he’s focusing on snapping up Benjamin Mendy, one of the most talented young defenders in French football and someone who could well form the bedrock of an Arsenal defence over the next few seasons.
It’ll be seen as an underwhelming signing in the eyes of several Arsenal fans but this is very much an investment for the future and a player worth the Gunners shelling out £5 million for to sign him ahead of Juventus and Lyon.
The club have reportedly already made an offer of £2.5 million for the player, but Le Havre seem set to hold out for a higher fee, which could trigger a bidding war in their benefit.
Here’s a little more about him.
1) He’s 18-years-old, six feet and one inch tall and can play on the left side of central defence or provide cover as a left back.
2) Mendy was first linked with Arsenal in 2011 as a 16-year-old before he decided to sign a three-year deal with his current employers.
3) He started his football education at just five-years-old with Palaiseau in 2000 before securing a move to Le Havre in 2007.
4) Since then he has been a one club man, making his senior debut for Le Havre in 2011 and making 48 appearances for the club so far in his career.
5) He’s already played for France at four different levels of youth football and has bagged three goals in 38 appearances.
What do you make of him Arsenal fans? Potentially a good investment?
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