Arsenal scouts were reportedly in attendance for Maribor’s 1-1 Champions League draw with Chelsea on Wednesday night to watch 19-year-old right-back Petar Stojanovic, with his performance no doubt encouraging them of his Premier League credentials.
Establishing himself as a regular starter this season, the Slovenian champions were said to have turned down several significant offers from Serie A clubs for their star prospect during the summer, while his recent European outings against the likes of Celtic and Sporting Lisbon have seen numerous English top-fight sides linked to his signature.
Also comfortable on the right-hand side of midfield, Stojanovic gave a decent account of himself in the defeat at Stamford Bridge a fortnight ago, despite the 6-0 scoreline, and those keeping close tabs on him were impressed enough to head across the continent for a second look in the rematch.
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With his stats comparing favourably to summer signing Calum Chambers, both Manchester City and Manchester United were also said to have had representatives at the Ljudski vrt in midweek, according to local reports, suggesting that the Slovenia under-21 international's reputation is growing from week-to-week.
Arsene Wenger has, of course, become well-known during his time with the Gunners for investing in under-the-radar projects but, in Stojanovic’s case, a bidding war could well unfold in the not too distant future if potential suitors are convinced enough of his talents.
The numbers up against his fellow teenager serve as an encouraging sign, albeit from a small sample size, although one wouldn’t imagine it will take a potential £16 million fee like Chambers to bring him to north London. What that would mean for the likes of Hector Bellerin, however, remains to be seen.