Arsenal transfer talk: Wenger interest in this 13-year-old wonderkid proves Gunners boss is still thinking long-term

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Arsene Wenger is still planning for the long-term at Arsenal.

According to France Football, the 67-year-old – who has been Gunners manager for more than two decades now – is competing for the signature of teenager goalkeeper Lucas Kayombo.

Wenger’s current contract at the Emirates Stadium expires at the end of the season, but – if genuine – his interest in 13-year-old Kayombo would prove that he is still very much focused on building for the future at Arsenal.

Kayombo currently plays for Parisian club FC Solitaires, but his career will almost certainly see him move on to bigger and better things, with France Football claiming PSG are also keen on signing him.

Strasbourg-born Wenger has made a habit of signing fellow Frenchman during his time in North London.

In total, Wenger has given Premier League minutes to 24 players of French nationality, with Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Robert Pires, Sylvain Wiltord, Laurent Koscielny and Emmanuel Petit among the most successful.

Some have fared less well – for example, Jeremie Aliadiere, Pascal Cygan, David Grondin, Sebastien Squillaci and Yaya Sanogo.

The other names on the list of Frenchman to play under Wenger at Arsenal are Nicolas Anelka, Gael Clichy, Francis Coquelin, Mathieu Debuchy, Abou Diaby, Lassana Diarra, Mathieu Flamini, Remi Garde, Olivier Giroud, Gilles Grimandi, Samir Nasri, Bacary Sagna and Mikael Silvestre.

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