Arsene Wenger has always had a knack for picking some of the best young full backs in France and turning them into superstars who are able to compete at the highest level.
So it’s no surprise then that The Gunners are favourites to sign promising left-back Bernard Mendy for around £2.5m.
The Le Havre youngster has impressed over the past season with several impressive performances in Ligue 2 attracting interest from many big clubs across Europe.
But the Normandy side aren’t making it easy for Arsenal though as the club are valuing the player at £5 million – double that of the current bid made by the Gunners.
Mendy first turned professional in 2011 for Le Havre having already made several appearances for the France youth sides during that time and had already impressed visiting scouts from the Emirates Stadium.
Since then, Mendy has gone on to notch over 30 appearances for Le Havre in both Ligue 2 and the French cup as well as featuring 3 times for the French U-19 squad.
With this in mind, it seems that Mendy is now being regarded as one of the hottest talents in Europe with several other big names reportedly ready to make a bid.
Both Juventus and Lyon are reportedly ready to make an offer for the player whilst Sunderland and Cardiff are hoping to offer better alternatives to join the Premier League.
Should Arsenal look to sign Mendy, it would raise questions about where the young left back would fit in to the line-up at the Emirates Stadium.
The club have had problems in the left-back department in recent years although the emergence of Kieran Gibbs and the signing of Nacho Monreal in January have quelled any doubts about filling the first team slot in that position.
But with the likes of Johan Djourou and Andre Santos scheduled to leave the club over the next couple of months, Mendy could be seen as one way to ensure that the squad has enough depth should the club suffer an injury crisis.
As the club have been keeping an eye on the player for a couple of years, they will be hoping that they will be able to secure his signing over the next few months.
Should Arsenal sign Mendy in the next few weeks, Arsenal fans will hope that his talents will shine through like they did with Gael Clichy rather than the odd glimpses shown by the likes of Armand Traore in the past.