Arsenal and Chelsea Landed Final blow in battle to sign Barcelona starlet Munir El Haddadi according to Express.
Arsene Wenger may not be able to pull of his Barcelona magic as some sections of the Spanish media are reporting that Munir will not be available for a January move to the Emirates.
The 19 year old wonderboy, who’s also been monitored by Chelsea, had been reportedly on the exit route off the Camp Nou, having not favoured much in the early demands of Luis Enrique’s new reign, prompting the interest of Arsenal. It was expected that the youngster would be open to a move to London by winter to continue his development and fast tracking unto the next level.
Munir is now set to stay on with the Catalans as he’s been identified as part of the next great generation of the Barcelona B to replicate the legends of Xavi, Inisesta and Lionel Messi over the next decade. Munir hasn’t seen much action this season, being still officially regarded as a Barca B player. He has received assurances from gaffer Luis Enrique of the plans to incorporate him into more first team responsibilities this season and the fact he has made his first International appearance for La Roja during the last International break will give him confidence of his progress.
Gooners are sure to be disappointed with this recent development as Munir is really one exciting player who will soon hit the world of football on a massive scale. He has grown as a striker but his Messi-esque stature and skill set gives him the ability to play the role of a rover behind a main striker from right to left.
Munir’s abilities give credence to the reason why Arsene may have identified him as part of the building blocks for his ongoing Arsenal project. As a speedy attacker, he is able to break off stiff challenges with relative ease, his little frame aiding his ability to wriggle away from tight situations. These will come handy with the emerging tough-tackling nature of the Premier League. Defenders are beginning to adjust to the blistering pace of attacks and so the need for the attackers to learn how to fly without perching has increased.
Our game relies on quick passes which are able to turn defenses off within an instant and Munir has been schooled at Barcelona in that lofty and peculiar art. With similarly inclined players such as Wilshere and Ozil, complemented by the pace of the Theos and Chambos, an exciting prospect stands in waiting. Munir will also benefit from the fact that a good number of the Arsenal academy players who will be expected to be his teammates in future are also being formed in the same ideology.
Considering the success we’ve enjoyed with the boys from Catalonia, it’d have been nice to have one more. But nothing’s confirmed yet, nothing ruled out.
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