Arsenal have produced plenty of truly amazing players over the course of their illustrious history, ranging from Cesc Fabregas and Ashley Cole to a more recent example in Bukayo Saka.
But they’ve also let a plethora slip from their grasp, most notably Serge Gnabry who is now a Bundesliga and Champions League winner for Bayern Munich.
Soon, there could be another name to put alongside the German with Donyell Malen continuing to elevate his meteoric rise for both club and country.
The 21-year-old now plies his trade for PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie, where he has bagged 32 goals in just 77 appearances.
After back-to-back campaigns of scoring at least ten times, Malen has already started this season on fire, scoring two goals in just three starts whilst also averaging a whopping 3.8 shots, 1.5 dribbles and 1.3 key passes per game, via WhoScored.
Such form has resulted in a call-up to the Netherland national side, whom he has already earned four caps for in the past year. He even bagged against Germany in a Euro 2020 qualifier too.
The Gunners sold the young sensation for just £500k back in the summer of 2017 despite never being able to feature for the first-team and now prices in excess of €60m (£55m) according to some reports.
This is surely something that the north Londoners regret considering he could have been the long-term heir to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or even a decent replacement for Alexandre Lacazette if he secured his own exit this summer.
Instead, Mikel Arteta will have to live with Arsene Wenger’s mistake to let him leave prematurely sometime in the future.
European football expert Andy Brassell was full of praise for Malen to talkSPORT earlier this year, he said:
“He looks an absolute natural in front of goal. He’s a very quick and explosive forward.
“What really strikes you if you see those goals is the variety of finishes; you’re talking right foot, left foot… someone under 6ft who is very, very good in the air.
“He’s someone who looks like a natural goalscorer.”
His value has increased substantially, around 10900% in fact, so there’s no way the north Londoners can be happy with that considering the 21-year-old was once on their books.
Malen may not have shown his potential then, but he certainly is thriving now.
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