Barely a week goes by without Arsenal being linked with the next big thing, but reports are gathering speed that the Gunners are strongly chasing Aston Villa wonderkid Andre Green.
The 17-year-old made his first team debut for the Villans against Tottenham last month, and Arsenal are believed to have been particularly impressed with Green’s dazzling pace and skilful footwork.
Having featured for Villa’s U21 team aged just 15, the Englishman is seemingly on course for big things, and Green has already signed a professional deal with the Birmingham-based side.
But there’s little argument the difficult times Villa are enduring are far from ideal for a youngster trying to improve his game, and Arsenal have a fine reputation for bringing through young talent into the first team.
Alex Iwobi is the latest to come up through Arsenal’s ranks and make the cut this season, but it remains to be seen whether Green fancies such a move so soon in his career.
The news doesn’t bode terribly well for Theo Walcott though, with speculation refusing to go away over his future at the Emirates.
His 10-year tenure at Arsenal has excelled and frustrated in equal measure, but with Wenger reportedly running out of patience with his failing stars, Walcott could be on his way out of north London this summer.
Manchester United, Everton and a return to Southampton have all been touted as possible destinations for the Englishman, who has netted just five Premier League goals this season.
A 2-0 win over West Brom on Thursday night moved the Gunners back into third place, and this weekend they head north to take on Sunderland
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.