Arsenal have been in a similar position before.
Players deemed not good enough to cut the mustard in north London have since gone on reach their potential elsewhere. Arsenal fans know all too well the story of Serge Gnabry.
There is also Ismaël Bennacer, who has found his feet in Italy with AC Milan where he’s become an integral part of the Rossoneri’s surge to the top of the Serie A table. It’s hypothetical whether Bennacer, for example, would have succeeded at Arsenal but there is another youngster over in La Liga who is at risk of becoming another one of the Gunners’ mistakes.
Yunus Musah could fall into that category.
The New York City-born winger moved to London at the age of of nine before linking up with the Arsenal academy in 2012 where he spent seven years. Moving to Valencia in the summer of 2019 he initially linked with the club’s reserves, since rapidly working his way up to into the first team.
Becoming the club’s youngest ever goalscorer when he scored against Getafe aged just 17 years and 338 days old, such a high level of performance has seen Musah make his full USMNT debut, featuring in friendlies against Wales and Panama.
As per 90min, ever since Arsenal allowed the forward to leave, they’ve been tracking his progress with scouts watching him regularly. Everton, Leeds and Wolves are also said to be keen, while it’s added that Musah would be open to returning to England in the future, the country he’d previously represented at four youth levels.
He’s only made nine senior appearances for the club but Musah’s ability hasn’t gone unnoticed.
A new contract is being worked on for the American to fend off interested parties, but given Valencia’s troublesome financial situation, if an offer came in at the right price it could persuade Los Che to sanction his departure.
One of the areas being overhauled at Arsenal is the academy, where Per Mertesacker is overseeing a significant recruitment drive: Nikolaj Moller, Jonathan Dinzeyi, George Lewis, Tim Akinola, Salah-Eddine Oulad M’Hand, Joel Ideho and the imminent arrival of Omar Rekik in January are the key names who’ve been brought in over the summer.
There will be no rush to bring Musah back to Arsenal unless fellow interested parties act, with the Gunners’ previous mistakes in this department potentially having a say in their monitoring.