Wenger eyes Polish starlet - Can he fare better than Fabianski?

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger always has an eye on the future, and it seems Polish midfielder Dominik Furman is the latest youngster to catch his attention.

The Gunners boss has built his reputation on working with young players and helping them develop, with Ashley Cole, Kolo Toure, Gael Clichy, Patrick Vieira, Cesc Fabregas, Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie owing much of their success to Wenger, who has put faith in young players throughout his reign as Arsenal boss.

Even now, you see the likes of Kieran Gibbs, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Serge Gnabry making an impression on the first team, all of which were either brought in at a young age or developed through the youth system at the Emirates Stadium.

And despite signing a superstar in Mesut Ozil for £42.5m in September, Wenger seemingly won't be heading down the route of Chelsea or Manchester City for instance, who regularly buy players in for large sums of money – rather, Wenger will look to add other young players in an attempt to develop his own players for a fraction of the price.

The newest name to be linked with a move to North London is Legia Warsaw Dominik Furman. The 21-year-old has been a star for the Ekstraklasa side in recent times, with his play from midfield helping his side to top spot in the table.

With two caps to his name already, there are high hopes for Furman and is regarded as one of the up and coming stars of the national team.

Primarily a holding midfielder, Furman is yet to score this season but offers great workrate from the middle of the park, and could be groomed to be the long-term replacement for Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini, who regularly feature in front of the back four under Arsene Wenger in his usual 4-2-3-1 system.

With Wenger's interest in the 21 year old seemingly legitimate, the Daily Mail claim that whilst they would like to bring the Pole to the Emirates Stadium, it's more likely that a move will take place in the summer rather than during the January transfer window. Furman is certainly a name to keep an eye on in days, weeks and possibly months to come as Wenger looks to set his team up for success not only this season, but into the future too.

Wenger will also be hoping that Furman will prove to be more of a hit with the Arsenal faithful than his last Polish capture, goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.

Fabianski, who also came from Legia Warsaw, moved to England in 2007 but has made just 70 appearances in almost seven seasons with the club, becoming a figure of hilarity for his regular mistakes when he actually gets a chance in the first team.

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