Don’t get too excited…but Robert Pires thinks Kylian Mbappé will sign for Arsenal.
Six months ago most of us would have shrugged our collective shoulders at proposed interest in a French teenager. Of course, anybody paying attention to Ligue 1 and the Champions League will tell you that Monaco’s 18-year-old striker is worthy of all the plaudits he’s received.
With 20 goals to his name, including five against Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City in the last two months, Mbappé represents European football’s hottest property.
Arsene Wenger is already on record saying he tried to snap up the player last summer and that he fears the attacker’s price tag may be out of reach for Arsenal, however, that hasn’t stopped Bobby giving an optimistic take on the situation.
“I do think Arsenal will sign him,” Pires told Bwin.com.
“The problem is how much. Mbappé has the potential to play for Arsenal and Wenger is the right manager to manage him.
“Monaco and Arsenal are very similar in clubs, so it won’t be much of a transition.”
Mbappé’s amazing form has seen him garner headlines across the continental press with many comparing him to Thierry Henry – also once young, French and a graduate of Monaco’s academy.
Despite being excited by his compatriot, Pires says such assessments are premature.
“The comparison is unnecessary,” said Pires. “He’s not ready to be compared to Thierry. Mbappé is a very similar player but to compare the two players would be unfair.
“I hope that Kylian can follow in the footsteps of Thierry Henry, he has the same profile as Thierry – quick, strong and a great finisher but he’s very young so I would hold off on comparisons just yet.”
Does Bobby know something we don’t know? Will this be his first present to the Gooner faithful after becoming the club’s new sporting director? Are we dreaming a dream that quite frankly is too dreamy to be taken seriously?
Probably. But it’s nice to dream sometimes.