Arsenal have already felt the complete power of a flying Cody Gakpo. Simply ask William Saliba, the Gunners’ elite French defender who hasn’t been bullied very usually this time period.
The imperious centre-half has been one of many nice success tales of Arsenal’s marketing campaign to this point, stepping in from the wilderness on mortgage to develop into one of many first names on the crew sheet.
Few have gotten the higher of him, but when your identify is Gakpo, you have got been profitable.
Mikel Arteta’s males misplaced 2-0 to PSV Eindhoven per week in the past within the Europa League and it was the Dutch attacker who ran the present within the remaining third.
The 23-year-old had an attractive dinked end dominated out within the first half for offside whereas coming shut with two different makes an attempt at purpose.
He made three key passes on the evening and was additionally profitable with 100% of his dribbles. It was a dominative show and proved precisely why Arsenal ought to discover a transfer in January.
Current reports recommend the winger is on their radar and if he does signal, he might be the membership’s new Thierry Henry.
Now, that’s an extremely daring assertion to make however there are comparisons. For starters, they’ve each performed on the left and up prime, with their harmful skill to chop inside a transparent parallel.
Moreover, the Dutch famous person, who was dubbed an “enormous talent” by scout Jacek Kulig, has additionally tried to repeat the good French striker.
In an interview with The Times, Gakpo mentioned: “I’m a tall winger, however while you search for tall wingers there aren’t so many, so a couple of years in the past I began watching Henry.
“He was extra of a striker, however he was additionally tall and he appreciated to play off the facet like me, so I watched clips of him and tried to study one thing from him: the best way he is available in from the left and shoots together with his proper.”
That must be thrilling for any onlookers, significantly these of an Arsenal persuasion, who might get a glimpse of him on the World Cup later this month.
Boasting a moderately ridiculous report of 13 targets and 16 assists already this season, he might be one of many actual breakout stars in Qatar this winter, with these in Group A of the competitors seemingly petrified of simply what he may have the ability to do for Louis van Gaal’s facet.
A productive World Cup will seemingly guarantee a bidding struggle for his companies, however Edu should guarantee he’s on the entrance of the queue for a participant who could price within the area of £34m.