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Arsenal opinion: Scout report of Gunners target Antony

According to a report from the Express, Arsenal are among a whole host of clubs keen on signing Sao Paulo’s highly-rated teenage winger Antony in the summer.

The report reveals that the Brazilian has a £42million release clause in his contract but his entourage are expecting a £21million offer for him in the summer.

Antony has attracted interest from Dutch clubs PSV Eindhoven and Ajax and also from Ligue 1 giants AS Monaco and Olympique Lyon.

The Brazilian’s agent, who is also Lucas Moura’s agent, has been having meetings across Europe with potential suitors for his client and Arsenal are expected to be one of them.

Arsenal’s need for a winger has been overly evident this season, with Alex Iwobi being their only natural winger.

Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have all been used out wide on multiple occasions but a lack of width that a natural winger provides has been a huge miss.

Arsenal being linked with a winger comes as no surprise and Unai Emery should and must sign one if not two wide players in the summer but is Antony the right fit? Here’s all you need to know about Sao Paulo’s latest gem.

A product of Sao Paulo’s youth setup, Antony has built himself a huge reputation in Brazil through his impressive performances in both the youth levels and in the first-team.

The 19-year-old has shown all the qualities that you would expect in a modern-day winger and he has it in him to be the next big thing in world football.

Antony is a typical Brazilian winger, who possesses incredible pace and dribbling skills.

The teenager has the ability to take on any defender in the world and his tricks and skills on the ball is a joy to watch for any football fan in the world.

A left-footed right-winger, Antony like many players of his position loves to cut inside and have an impact on the game from a central position. His driving runs and movement in the wide areas remind you of former Real Madrid and current PSG star Angel di Maria.

Antony has all the attributes in him to emulate the Argentine superstar and he has a lot of time to get himself to that level.

He is at the stage of his career, where a move to a bigger league is necessary to fulfil his huge potential, and a club like Arsenal, who have a tremendous history of developing young players should be his preferred destination in the summer.

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Conclusion

At 19 years of age, Antony has the world at his feet and move to a club like Arsenal will help him develop into one of the best in his position. The Brazilian can learn a lot from someone like Unai Emery who hasn’t been afraid to give youngsters a chance in his first-team.

Antony will be sure to have the opportunity to prove himself at Arsenal and he should have no hesitation in taking the big step to leave his hometown in the summer.

Shamanth Jayaram

24-year old Electrical engineer turned football writer, born and brought up in Bangalore.

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