Arsenal selling talented young players for almost nothing and regretting it later has been a common theme over the years.
Serge Gnabry, Ismael Bennacer, Jeff Reine-Adelaide and Yunus Musah all spring to mind, but the one that arguably hurts Arsenal fans the most is Donyell Malen.
The Dutch forward only spent a couple of years at Arsenal but everybody could see that he was the real deal. Malen scored 18 goals and provided nine assists for our youth sides in his two years here, but he couldn’t get the nod to play for the first team.
He had no interest in waiting for his time to come and he forced his way out as a result. PSV snapped him up for as little as £500,000 in 2017 and he has become one of the hottest prospects in world football now.
Malen had a fantastic campaign in Holland last season. He scored 27 goals and provided 10 assists in all competitions and it is only a matter of time before he switches the Eredivisie for one of Europe’s top-five leagues.
If a latest report is to be believed, he is a target for two clubs to replace their respective superstars.
Ex-Arsenal youngster Donyell Malen could replace Mo Salah at Liverpool
According to Sky Sports in Germany, Malen is a target for Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool.
The Bundesliga giants are almost certain to lose Jadon Sancho this summer and they view Malen as an ideal replacement. Liverpool, on the other hand, are keen to sign him as they fear that Mohamed Salah could leave Anfield before the start of next season.
Malen would be an outstanding signing for any club. His goalscoring record is already incredible and the fact that he’s still only 22 means that he will only get better.
Arsenal certainly missed the trick with Malen four years ago. He could’ve been a real star for us, but we could now see him tear it up for Liverpool and potentially even score a few against us in the coming months.
That’s going to hurt but there’s absolutely nothing we can do to stop it.