Pires expects Arsenal to sign Mbappe

Arsenal great Robert Pires expects the Gunners to beat off fierce competition to sign Monaco teen sensation Kylian Mbappe.

The 18-year-old has established himself as European football’s hottest prospect after his 23 goals have helped Monaco reach the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Mbappe has already been compared to fellow Frenchman and former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry, and while Pires believes that is premature, he does expect him to end up at the Emirates.

“They (Monaco) have the best striker in Europe at the moment, Kylian Mbappe,” Pires told bwin.

“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.

“I do think Arsenal will sign him. The problem is how much. Mbappe has the potential to play for Arsenal and (Arsene) 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.”