Arsenal keep a close eye on 18-year-old Romanian winger

The London giants are prepared to step up their interest in FCSB winger Ianis Stoica in the coming windows. The Spanish manager stays keen to bring young wingers to develop at Emirates Stadium, with U21 Romania international one of his preferred targets.

The Gunners have relied too much on their teenagers in recent campaigns, achieving a decent degree of success along the way. With the Spanish coach overseeing a sizeable overhaul of his playing squad, the Gunners has invested heavily in young footballers rather than going the usual route of buying experienced stars.

After the fantastic success of academy graduates such as Saka and Smith Rowe, Mikel Arteta is keen on developing more footballers in the same mould. However, as seen in the summer window, the Gunners are prepared to bring in players from the transfer market without relying only on their academy to produce the talents.

The arrival of Nuno Tavares, in particular, should be a standing example of progress. The Portuguese defender has climbed his way into Mikel Arteta’s plans in recent weeks, and despite his underwhelming display with Liverpool last weekend, he has become an important part.

Mikel Arteta wants a long-term option on the right-wing to compete with Bukayo Saka, who has recently become the Gunners’ first choice in the position.

Ianis is considered perfect to be developed under Mikel Arteta, who has grown discontent with Nicolas Pepe in recent weeks. Nicolas Pepe’s future is up in the air, with the Gunners exploring opportunities to replace him in the next window.