According to Get French Football News, Arsenal have had a bid for forward Alexis Claude Maurice rebuffed.

The Gunners have reportedly gone back to Lorient, from whom we bought Matteo Guendouzi last year, to snaffle more young talent as we begin our summer rebuilding.

Amid interest from Rennes and other French outfits, our first bid was rejected but an increased offer is expected as the club look to secure the services of the 20 year old who scored 14 times as Lorient finished 6th in Ligue 2 last season.

Speculation grew this week when Guendouzi and Claude Maurice were spotted together in London and pictures spread on social media (this is 2019 folks, that’s how it works now!).

He also fits into the target demographic of this summer, with young upcoming talent that won’t break the bank the driver to this window’s business.

Arsenal already have young Brazilian forward Gabriel Martinelli arriving this summer, Reiss Nelson coming back from loan at Hoffenheim looking to fight for a first team place, and another quick attacking midfielder/forward would radically alter the make-up of the squad and perhaps indicate that we’re moving in a particular direction this summer.

There does seem to be a bit of smoke around this one, although we’re not sure quite how much fire, so a middling 5 on the Poo-O-Meter will work.

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Red-Wing
Red-Wing

Sign him up!

Almọnd
Almọnd

Didn’t score a header for once is he Pep guadiola, I wish we would sign Thomas Partey I’d be more than happy together with Rabiot

Tas_Gunner
Tas_Gunner

Rabiot will really suit our fanbase tbf

Dave Cee
Dave Cee

Partey is a good player

Goooooooner for life
Goooooooner for life

From what a 2 minute video can tell me, I prefer him to Fraser. The speed and acceleration on that boy is fire!

Tasmanian Jesus
Tasmanian Jesus

Me too!

Mohamed Nagi
Mohamed Nagi

I’ve seen same too

Seth
Seth

His shooting technique looks phenomenal in that video. Of course…you don’t see the misses…

Tasmanian Jesus
Tasmanian Jesus

Try and find a video compilation of that!
Haha

Saps
Saps

Off to YouTube.
Let the scouting begin!

Chrispy
Chrispy

Takes Welbeck’s spot In the squad so a good moves it happens.

Sapiman
Sapiman

Salomon Kalou..

Tas_Gunner
Tas_Gunner

If only Nketiah was a foreign signing and called Nketinho…

Evaristus
Evaristus

🤣
Funny, sad and true…

Dave Cee
Dave Cee

Maybe Nketiah should go on loan to the Championship and score a goal every other game and he would have more trust shown in him. I.m not belittling Eddie by the way, I really like him, but he is younger than this guy and doesn.t have rhe same goalscoring pedigree in senior football. Maybe he can score the Europa League final winning goal and thrust himself onto centre stage..here is hoping

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

Well hard to score whilst rotting away on the bench and being blocked by loans. He was wanted by a decent German team, but fans are more excited by an older french striker playing in Ligue 2 (pretty much the equivalent to our Ligue 1).

I’m fairly confident Eddie would bang at that level, but instead looks like his development is about to be blocked for someone of a similar level.

No wonder youth are considering leaving arsenal. Listening to the latest arseblog pod, I can understand why youth prospects were pissed over the Denis Suarez signing. Did he deserve a more look in over say, Saka for instance? Seems they’re better just leaving (and the likes of Amaechi are being courted by Bayern and Lyon, but us fans always think other youth prospects are better than ours).

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Did score his first goal. Maybe now he will score more.

Glory Hunter
Glory Hunter

He looks impressive

SeryxMe

Looks like an Mbappe type of player which is good, but that’s just from a very short video. Is he better than Nketiah? 🤷🏽‍♂️

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Even if he is only similar to Nketiah it would be nice to have two of them

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

Considering both will be behind both Lacca and Auba, you can’t offer the same player development time to both, one will have to get more chances than the other.

I’d rather Eddie get that.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

What kind of forward?
In transfermarket he’s main position is attacking midfielder.

JamesGodwinson
JamesGodwinson

I would prefer Nketiah.

ScreamAtMe
ScreamAtMe

He appears to finish how I would like our midfielders to

Dave Cee
Dave Cee

Yeah, he does hit the ball pretty sweetly on that evidence

allezkev
allezkev

John Jules might have second thoughts about signing a new contract?

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Smell the burning poo

Rich
Rich

Not sure what this says to the likes of Nketiah, Nelson, Saka? Unless we’re absolutely certain this guy is an upgrade? Then can’t say I’m overly enthusiastic of flooding the path to the first team from our academy with unnecessary foreign imports.

Badaab
Badaab

I have vague memories of using this guy in pro evo manager mode 2 seasons ago- lightning quick on the left side of a front 3.
Does that translate to his actual qualities? Dunno, but he’s an exciting prospect.

Jay
Jay

So division 2 French football is comparable to the English Premier league? Who knew?