Arsenal face stiff competition in bid to land Barcelona prodigy Munir
Arsene Wenger has re-ignited his desire to sign Barcelona youngster Munir El Haddadi.
The Boss has a long running relationship with the operators at the Barcelona academy which has seen him take many players from that famous La Masia factory. Fabregas, Fran Merida and Hector Bellerin have all come from the Catalan club to London under Wenger’s instruction and though he did not succeed in bringing him here as a scholar, he is now ready to approach Luis Enrique and his bosses for the 19 year-old’s services.
Munir, in Luis Suarez’s forced absence, has had a run of games this season featuring in four games and bagging one goal. However, with many other young sensations in the team, it is deemed possible that Munir may be one of those allowed to pursue his career outside Barcelona. He has been identified by Wenger as part of the Arsenal team he hopes to model as a parting gift to the Gooners before he calls it a day. Bayern Munich boss, Pep Guardiola, is also very interested in taking the youngster to the Allianz Arena having worked with him personally during his time at the Camp Nou. And considering what the 2-time Champions League winner has done with one of those he took from Barcelona, Thiago Alcantara. Wenger will have to act quickly and take the initiative.
Quick feet, clever passing and quality technique are all quintessential of La Masia’s products and like Messi and Iniesta before him, Munir is blessed with those excellences. At times, he has even played as well as the legendary two. He may just be 19, but Spanish boss Vicente Del Bosque has seen enough of him to hand him a first senior cap, after he was similarly quickly promoted from the U19s to the U21s in August after just 3 games and 3 goals.
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.
We’ve enjoyed good success with ‘em Barcelona boys; we’d like to have more with Munir.
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