Arsene Wenger is set to snap up another young player with potential, as he looks to complete a deal for Auxerre prodigy Yaya Sanogo. Reports from both Metro and talkSPORT.co.uk, suggest Arsenal are already negotiating the signing of the 20-year-old French striker.
Apparently Wenger's chief French scout, former Gunners utility player Giles Grimandi, has begun talks. The idea of Wenger revisiting his homeland for yet another young prospect is hardly likely to be received well by sections of Arsenal' support.
Fans have grown increasingly angry at the squad's failings this season. They are particularly furious about insufficient investment in the team, despite the looming reality of on eighth trophyless campaign.
Wenger is brave to even think about acquiring one more for the future, rather than a ready-made star. However, his eye for the promise of youth has served Arsenal well in the past and despite recent criticism, it continues to do so.
Having 21-year-old Jack Wilshere positioned as the fulcrum of the team is proof Wenger can still spot and develop quality. Finding out if Sanogo can fall into that bracket is a risk, but a minimal one.
While no fee has yet been mooted, it's unlikely Arsenal will have to invest big to snare Sanogo from France's second-tier. The fact that he is playing in the second division will no doubt raise a few eyebrows and raise some blood pressure levels among the Gunners faithful.
However, Wenger's track record of recruiting French strikers merits some optimism. It was Wenger who won a double in 1997/98 with Nicolas Anelka leading his attack. It was Wenger who took a chance on Thierry Henry and helped him revolutionise the centre forward position.
That led Arsenal to two league titles, three FA Cups and an unbeaten season. Even Sylvain Wiltord became a scorer of clutch goals for the Gunners. He netted the double-winning goal at Old Trafford, to dethrone Manchester United in May, 2002.
Of course these would be lofty expectations for Sanogo to meet should Arsenal win the right to sign him. However, he does boast some of the attributes Wenger has wanted his strikers to posses.
Tall and fleet-footed, Sanogo offers dynamic pace and is certainly prolific. Arsenal do also have a need for an extra striker. Their starters are struggling and loaned out reserves like Marouane Chamakh and Nicklas Bendtner need to be moved on permanently.
Signing Sanogo would show a brazen adherence to Wenger's policy of building through youth. While it may not be the best time for the manager to remind fans of that, this low-key deal could also net Arsenal another superstar in the making.