Arsenal have always had an eye for extraordinary young talents, but that has gone to a whole new level in recent years.
We signed unknowns in Gabriel Martinelli and Matteo Guendouzi and the pair took English football by storm in their very first season here.
Our own academy graduates aren’t doing too bad either. Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka are among the best young players in world football, and don’t be surprised if a few more burst onto the scene in the coming months.
Arsenal clearly believe that developing youth is the way forward. Mikel Arteta is keeping a close eye on the kids we currently have, while Edu is always looking for a wonderkid to bring in if an opportunity arises.
It looks like he has found a potential superstar.
El Gol Digital revealed earlier this week that Arsenal are battling a whole host of clubs to sign Barcelona starlet Ilaix Moriba. The teenager has been the talk of the town after a bunch of very impressive performances for the Catalans’ senior side.
Ilaix will enter the final year of his contract this summer. Barcelona are trying really hard to tie him down to a new deal, but with a number of wealthy foreign clubs looking at him, it might prove to be a very difficult task.
Ilaix has been dubbed as the next Paul Pogba
Former Barcelona under-19’s coach Denis Silva Puig kept a close eye on Ilaix when he was coming through the ranks at La Masia. He knows the midfielder really well and he has compared him to Manchester United star Paul Pogba.
“He told Bleacher Report in October 2019: “I remember first seeing him when he (was about nine years old), he was very elastic. It was obvious he was better than the others even though he was already playing with boys a year older – the movements he made, the way he cut inside.
“He’s physically very strong, but he’s also a very intelligent player. Most people don’t appreciate this. Here he’s called the ‘Pogba of Barca’ because he’s like a young Pogba, but also he is very, very intelligent – and that is his big potential. He is a top player, no doubt.”