Arsenal had their own Alexander Isak until costly transfer decision saw Serie A giants profit – Tom Canton


There are plenty of young players that have slipped through the Arsenal net to move onto brilliant things. There are plenty of Gunners supporters that hark back to the talents currently plying their trade now amongst some of Europe’s elite clubs that could still be wearing the red and white.

Famous Arsenal examples include Serge Gnabry who has exploded since moving to Bayern Munich via Werder Bremen. A full German international regular, he famously returned to north London to score four past Tottenham in a Champions League group stage match. A very enjoyable evening indeed.

Yunus Musah may not be as well known as the aforementioned Gnabry but the United States international is considered as one of La Liga’s most exciting midfield talents. The 19-year-old is a regular at Valencia and is tipped for big things.

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Other names include the likes of Ismael Bennacer at Milan and Donyell Malen now at Borussia Dortmund.

However, one name that may have escaped the minds of many Arsenal supporters is Stephy Mavididi. He came through the Arsenal ranks alongside the likes of Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith-Rowe.

After loans with Preston and Charlton, Mavididi left on a permanent deal to join Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus, initially with their under-23 team. He made one senior appearance for Juve before leaving on loan for Dijon in France where he caught the eye for his five league goals in 24 matches.

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Montpellier came calling and signed him on a permanent deal from the Italian champions.

He scored nine goals in his first full season in Ligue becoming a regular in the squad and currently had six goals at the halfway point of this season.

Interestingly, Arsenal target Alexander Isak at Real Sociedad is performing at a very similar level to the former England under-20 youth international.

An intriguing graphic made by football scouting and analysis writer Danny Corcoran displayed the expected goals per shot against shots per 90 metrics for under-23 players in Europe’s top five leagues.

Stephy Mavididi is shown to equal Alexander Isak's shot quality through his expected goal shot per 90 statistics.
Stephy Mavididi is shown to equal Alexander Isak’s shot quality through his expected goal shot per 90 statistics.

Mavididi fell in line for xG per shot with the Swedish striker. Isak presenting with a slightly higher shot frequency than the former Arsenal man.

The obvious difference however between the two players is that Mavididi is not a striker where Isak most certainly is. Playing on the left for Montpellier however, this arguably highlights an even greater appreciation for the quality of shots the 23-year-old is having.

The likelihood of a move to the next level in the coming windows is sure to be increasing. For Arsenal, however, with both Gabriel Martinelli and Mavididi’s former teammate Smith-Rowe, performing so well on the left, the door to a north London return seems shut.

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