Now, I try and avoid gossip on the blog as much as possible, but this one is simply too juicy to ignore. Voetbal International is a renowned Dutch football magazine and they have been writing on a number of occasions about the likelihood of Cody Gakpo of PSV joining the mighty Red and White of North London. Only a few days ago they wrote about Arsenal offering the young Dutchman the best possible development opportunities of those clubs that are interested in him.
I believe that football clubs keep certain outlets informed on the proviso that they do not quote them directly. That way they keep good relations going and with that positive exposure of the club by the magazine. VI have been writing about Gakpo likely going to Arsenal with a level of certainty that makes me think that they know what they are talking about.
Gakpo is a Left Winger/CF with a lethal right foot, comparable to Arjen Robben’s left foot precision and power. See also video link below.
His left foot is not bad either, but his ability to score belters from the left and from outside the box with his, right howitzer would be very welcome at Arsenal. I don’t think heading of the ball is his speciality which makes me believe he is better suited as a Left (reversed) Winger than a CF. This would mean competition for Martinelli who’s right footed shooting power and accuracy remains a work in progress.
We know that Gab Jesus also likes to play from the left wing position but I have no doubt that both will be flexible enough to work things out between them during games.
Cody Gakpo is a very ambitious and hard working player and he would strengthen the team significantly. Yet I believe he would need time to settle and get used to the tempo and lack of space of the PL. The good news is that Arsenal are a developing team with a plan, and Gakpo will get time to ease himself in. One of the biggest Dutch talents in recent years, he would be just the Dutchman at Arsenal many of us have been wanting. An attacking line of Saka, Jesus and Gakpo would scare any team.
I think PSV will not let him go until they have qualified for the group stage of the CL, reading between the lines of the VI articles, so a bit of patience is still required. But I think there is a decent to strong chance he will be a Gunner soon.
Rest In Peace Terry Neill 🕊️🕊️🕊️