Arsene Wenger has offered a trial to 17-year-old FC Caen striker M'Baye Niang, according to the website insidefutbol.com. The move is unlikely to seen as a positive one by those who believe the Gunners need to spend big in order to compete.
Despite increasingly loud calls to part with large transfer fees for high-profile signings, Wenger is content to rely on a policy based on low-cost potential. Niang is a prime example of the Wenger philosophy at work.
He is a well-regarded and promising prospect. Pacey and powerful, Niang has the attributes to succeed in the English Premier League and could flourish under Wenger's tutelage.
This is the way Wenger has always operated. He identifies young prospects who have shown potential and then cultivates that raw ability into top-level talent.
Arsenal fans and pundits shouldn't expect him to change. Sky Sports recently reported Wenger won't alter his methods, even with star skipper Robin van Persie clamouring for the exit. Truthfully, there's no reason why he should.
Given the minimal fees Wenger paid for starlets like van Persie, Gael Clichy and Cesc Fabregas, Arsenal don't need a big success rate. If only one out of every ten prospects off the production line, becomes a world-class player, the Gunners have still justified their investment.
Keeping newly annointed world-class stars on board, is a challenge Wenger has yet to master. However, with his ambition questioned, the ultimate developmental manager still sticks to principles he believes serve not only Arsenal's best interests, but the game itself.