Worse than selling Sanchez: Arsenal fans dismayed as Donyell Malen is sold to PSV

Arsenal's Donyell Malen (L) shoots as Chelsea's Andreas Christensen (2L) challenges during their pre-season football match in Beijing's National Stadium, known as the Bird's Nest, on July...

Arsenal have sold promising striker Donyell Malen.

Arsenal's Donyell Malen (L) shoots as Chelsea's Andreas Christensen (2L) challenges during their pre-season football match in Beijing's National Stadium, known as the Bird's Nest, on July...

Arsenal had a tough day trying to keep hold of their star players on deadline day, and the departure of Donyell Malen almost slipped off the radar.

The Gunners fought to bring the teenager in from Ajax in 2014 and he went onto feature for the club in the UEFA Youth League.

Malen scored 27 goals in 67 academy games, but yesterday it was announced by the club he has been sold to PSV Eindhoven.

Donyell Malen of Arsenal is tackled during the match between Sydney FC and Arsenal FC at ANZ Stadium on July 13, 2017 in Sydney, Australia.

Most Arsenal fans would have expected that his departure would be a loan move, and were dismayed to learn the young striker has departed on a permanent basis.

Malen featured for the first team in pre-season, and his sale will not affect the state of play in Arsenal's squad.

It may though come back to haunt them in another way, if Malen goes on to become the top star he was touted to be.

Filip Lesniak of Tottenham Hotspur stretches to tackle Donyell Malen of Arsenal during the Premier League 2 match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at London Colney on March 3, 2017 in...

There is no word whether Arsenal had the sense to include a buy-back clause in terms of the sale, and if they did not, it could prove to be a mistake.

Malen has the platform at one of Holland's top clubs to embarrass the Gunners like Serge Gnabry has gone onto do with his performances in Germany since leaving.

Here is a look at how Arsenal fans reacted to Malen's departure...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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