Rumour has it that Arsenal top the list of potential Premier League destinations for PSG star Kylian Mbappé, but there are several key factors the player should consider ahead of any north London move.
The first item for discussion might relate to club ambitions and whether or not we can offer Mbappé a sporting package which – as a one-time World Cup winner – meets his own lofty standards.
Thankfully, the Frenchman would find himself in just the right place for high achievement because, in addition to joining what is “by far the greatest team the world has ever seen”, Emirates Stadium is also the only ground in London where one may enjoy Champions League next season and he would be guaranteed a full house each week such is the demand for tickets- as Red members know all too well.
Furthermore, some believe Mbappé still breaks out in a cold sweat upon reflection of his last encounter with the newly extended William Saliba, during which he was denied a late winner by the Marseille man’s expert defensive tackle.
Pros and cons of Kylian Mbappé and his (very unlikely) prospective Arsenal transfer
Of course, being dominated by ‘Wilo’ is nothing to be ashamed of and it is a common experience shared by many top-flight forwards. But the old adage advises that you join those you cannot beat, and the forward would therefore surely relish the chance to be on our side if English suitors come knocking.
However, the stiff competition at Arsenal could constitute a major drawback for him as we have plenty of good striking options on the books, who together registered a club-record 88 goals in the league last term. Meanwhile, in Folarin Balogun, we already employ one of the most lethal marksmen in Ligue 1 and so have no real need for Mbappé.
He would also have to relinquish his extraordinary control over off-field operations at PSG because Mikel Arteta rules the Gunners with a mafia-style iron fist and, having previously eliminated the ‘mole’ behind the 2020 Ceballos/Luiz bust-up leak, the boss would probably make light work of any threat Mbappé might pose to his authority.
Even the thoughts of a deal will no doubt induce conniptions among the FFP bean counters, and so Arsenal may well have to wait until next summer when they can try to sign the 24-year-old on a ‘free’ transfer (in the same way Erling Haaland only cost Man City £51m).
For now, fans are allowed to dream and can hold out real hope that Mbappé will soon continue our illustrious association with superstar French attackers. The man himself wants to bring the title back to north London, but we will probably achieve that before he arrives anyway.