Gunners fans were awaking today after a disappointing 2-0 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, but were also greeted by the news that the club are looking into the possibility of strengthening their options on the flanks.
PSV Eindhoven's highly rated Zakaria Bakkali has attracted interest from some of the world's biggest clubs, and the 18-year-old's impressive displays have now alerted Arsenal, with speculation suggesting that they could make a summer move for Belgian international.
“Bakkali is a player that Wenger rates highly,” said a PSV source to the Dutch media. “Arsenal have kept an eye on him and are aware that other teams want him, so could move in the summer to buy him.”
The news will excite Gunners fans as they could beat off illustrious contenders for Bakkali's signature, but it could also place the future of young German Serge Gnabry into more doubt, just days after Gnabry vowed to do anything to get into the Germany national team squad – hinting at considering his options if he doesn't eventually get regular first-team football.
Another young winger, Gnabry has broken into the Arsenal first team this season, and has turned in promising performances, which has caught the attention of Borussia Dortmund, who are looking to bring in more forwards with the impending departure of striker Robert Lewandowski.
Arsenal would almost certainly prefer to keep Gnabry in North London after some impressive displays, but their interest in Bakkali may be a hint that they are concerned about the long-term future of Gnabry. Should the youngster push for a move back to his native Germany, Arsenal may just make Bakkali a primary transfer target this summer.
In the absence of Theo Walcott, Arsenal have struggled to threaten teams with pace, and this was highlighted against Manchester United in the recent Premier League game. Bakkali has bags of pace and dribbling ability, having been compared to Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez, but whilst he has undoubted potential and would be a great addition for any side, it's tough to see Wenger bringing in Bakkali unless Gnabry is leaving.
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