In recent years, Arsenal have developed a reputation as a place for once-highly-regarded wonderkids to go to in an attempt to revive their careers. Eight years ago, Martin Odegaard made his debut for Real Madrid aged just 16, with just about everyone in the footballing world expecting him to become a teenage superstar.
But it wasn't to be in the Spanish capital for the Norway international, who needed a move to the Gunners and Mikel Arteta's stewardship to start realising his true potential. A similar sort of thing occurred this summer with the Spaniard signing Kai Havertz, who was once considered one of the most talented youngsters in all of Europe during his days with Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen.
Supporters are already split on the Havertz debate. Some think he needs time and patience whilst others have already made their mind up, arguing that the three years he spent at Chelsea should mean he does not require any more time to acclimatise to life in the Premier League.
I stand somewhere in the middle of this debate, but one thing is for sure: Arsenal cannot afford to make another transfer gamble, especially in the form of Jadon Sancho.
Like Havertz and Odegaard, Sancho caught the attention of Europe's elite clubs from an early age, quickly establishing himself as one of the most exciting young wingers around during his time with Borussia Dortmund. The England international then earned himself a £73million move to Manchester United, where it is safe to say he has not lived up to expectations.
He currently finds himself banished from all first-team activities at Old Trafford after falling out with United boss Erik ten Hag, causing some Arsenal fans to ponder the possibility of bringing him to north London in an attemptRead on football.london