Ligue 1 outfit Saint-Etienne are contemplating a winter loan move for Arsenal youngster Gilles Sunu. With the striker yet to make the breakthrough at Arsenal, should he look to seal a temporary move away from the Emirates this January?
The 19-year-old signed a four-year deal with the Premier League outfit in 2007 for a fee in the region of £700,000 – £1 million. Since his arrival, Sunu has only managed to appear twice for the senior squad, which came last year through the League Cup and European competitions.
Due to limited opportunities, the Frenchman was loaned out to Derby County last season, where he impressed during his 3 month stint at the Championship side. Sunu scored once in his 9 appearances for the Rams.
A move to France this January is now being touted for the talented striker, with Saint-Etienne expressing their interest. Les Verts were keeping tabs on the youngster whilst he was at Derby, and although manager Christophe Galtier is keen on the Arsenal player, he has admitted that a more experienced head would be more beneficial to his side. As reported on Sky Sports, Galtier said:
‘We have been following Sunu for a while. I can also confirm that I hope to have the right-sided midfielder I have been after signed up by next week.’
He finished off by saying
‘It is important to realise that we already have a lot of young players, so I would favour a more experienced player than Sunu.’
It’s evidently clear that Sunu is not yet a confirmed target for the Ligue 1 side. However, even if nothing ensues with Saint-Etienne this January, should the youngster seek a loan move elsewhere? In my opinion, yes he should.
The 19-year-old looks to be a good future prospect for Arsenal, but at this stage of his career he needs to be playing football week in week out, which he is not doing at present. Sunu could stay at Arsenal and continue his development in the youth system, but there is nothing like competitive first-team action. A potential loan move could do wonders for the French Under-20 international and his progression within the game.
If the proposed move to Saint-Etienne does not transpire, then I hope Arsene Wenger finds another temporary destination for the youngster this winter.
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