Arsenal legend Robert Pires has sensationally claimed the Gunners WILL sign Monaco whizz-kid Kylian Mbappe.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has admitted his interest in the teenager, who has become the hottest property in world football.
Mbappe, 18, has got the attention of Europe’s elite after scoring 21 goals in 25 appearances this season.
Real Madrid are also keen on the striker, but despite the Ligue 1 leaders insisting the world transfer record will have to smashed to land the kid, Pires insists Mbappe is Arsenal bound.
Pires told bwin sports:”I do think Arsenal will sign him. The problem is how much.
“Mbappe has the potential to play for Arsenal and Wenger is the right manager to manage him. Monaco and Arsenal are very similar in clubs, so it won’t be much of a transition.”
Pires, 43, spent six years at Arsenal, winning two Premier League titles with Thierry Henry, who Mbappe has been compared to by observers this season.
Pires added:”The comparison is unnecessary, he’s not ready to be compared to Thierry, Mbappe is a very similar player but to compare the two players would be unfair.
“I hope that Kylian can follow in the footsteps of Thierry Henry, he has the same profile as Thierry – quick, strong and a great finisher but he’s very young so I would hold off on comparisons just yet.”