Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit has stated his desire to see Arsenal win the race to sign Monaco wonderkid Kylian Mbappé.
Petit spoke about how the transfer situation has similarities to Manchester United’s Anthony Martial and why it’d be beneficial for the Gunners to fend off competition from rival clubs to sign him.
“Mbappé is the leader of this generation,” he said when questioned on talkSPORT.
“I would love it [for him to join Arsenal]. I remember two years ago we had almost the same example as Martial.”
However, Petit warned about the possible drawbacks that come with the territory of lucrative moves. Evidenced by Martial’s move to Old Trafford, a player heralded as the star of Manchester, he has seen regular minutes hard to come by since José Mourinho’s arrival.
“Martial was very good the first months and since Mourinho has managed the team, he’s not in the same position anymore,” Petit continued.
“It’s a risk.
“Talent is something very important in football but you need to have confidence as well from team-mates and your manager. You have to be tough and strong in your mind.”
Having been linked with the 18-year-old forward for over a year now, it appears as though Arsenal are in battle with UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid for his signature.
He’s certainly not cheap, with bids upwards of £80m reportedly offered in recent weeks by both sides. However, he is yet to reveal whether he’ll remain at Monaco for another season or if he is ready for a step-up.
It has been confirmed that talks are ongoing between Mbappé’s family and the Monaco hierarchy, as they want to keep hold of their prized asset and offer improved contract terms.
With the 2018 World Cup now just under a year away, it would be a surprise to see Mbappé leave this summer.