Arsene Wenger is reportedly aiming to ‘build for the future’ by signing Dutch winger Alessio Da Cruz – but whose future?

According to Football.London, Wenger aims to sign Da Cruz in the coming months as he ‘builds for the future’ at Arsenal.

The Frenchman allegedly sent Francis Cagagio to speak with the 20-year-old’s agents, Menno Groenveld and George Boateng, this week. The scout was even pictured in a meeting with the Dutch wonderkid’s representatives.

Da Cruz currently plays for Serie B side Novara, has until June 2021 on his current contract and has netted five goals in 18 appearances this term.

As Football.London say: a player for the future.

However, is this a throwaway comment or a suggestion that Wenger might be staying at Arsenal until his contract expires in 2019? Or even beyond that?

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LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 22: Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool at Emirates Stadium on December 22, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

When they say building for the future, do they mean the next manager? This seems like the most likely explanation but, as of yet, there’s been no strong links with any potential successor. In fact, it’s been disturbingly quiet on that front since the end of last season.

As it stands, it sounds like an off-the-cuff comment or nod towards the massive backroom shuffle currently happening at Arsenal.

Former Borussia Dortmund chief scout Sven Mislintat and ex-Barcelona director of football Raul Sanllehi have both announced moves to north London in recent weeks.

The change has led fans to speculate that Wenger could be stepping down at the end of this season. However, does Football.London’s report suggest otherwise?