Well things look rosier in the Emirates garden after their impressive win over Man United, and apparently Wenger is set to welcome another talented youngster to his burgeoning squad when the transfer window opens.
According to reports, Arsenal have signed a pre-contract agreement with Brazilian striker Lenny, who looks set for a free transfer in January…
20-year-old Brazilian striker Lenny – full name Lenny Fernandes Coelho – who currently plies his trade with Brazilian side Palmeiras, is reportedly bound for Arsenal.
Reports suggest that the Gunners have clinched his signature after the player signed a pre-contract agreement with the north London outfit.
Lenny’s Palmeiras deal is due to expire in December, and as such, he could be on the Gunners’ books as early as January 1.
However, it is expected that the forward will be shunted out on loan to Spain to garner some first team experience and a work permit. Arsenal have an agreement with feeder club Salamanca to loan them a striker or goalkeeper in January.
Mexican striker Carlos Vela benefitted from terms on loan with Celta Vigo and Osasuna among others, where he impressed before returning to the Emirates with a work permit in time for this season. (goal.com)
This impish young striker comes highly recommended, and has a smattering of European experience from his short stint in Portugal with Sporting Braga. However, it does seem that as this report suggests, he will be sent out in order to gain some experience. Rather than sending him to Spain for his footballing education, maybe he would benefit from being loaned out to a Championship side in much the same way as Bendtner and others have been in the past. It seems that it would be more relevant to the challenges the player will face in the first team for him to have a taste of the blood and thunder football of these shores, rather than in the relatively sedate pace of the continent.
Do Gunners fans think that the club needs to start bringing in more experienced players in January?