‘It was Arsenal’s decision’ – Gunners questioned over ‘surprising’ transfer exit

Arsenal’s decision to allow Donyell Malen to leave the club has been questioned by European football expert Andy Brassell.

Malen first joined Arsenal aged 16 in 2015 and starred in the club’s youth sides.

However, the Dutch striker was sold two years later, to the annoyance of some Gunners fans, to PSV Eindhoven where he still plies his trade.

Malen grabbed the headlines earlier this month when he scored five goals in PSV’s Eredivisie win over Vitesse.

The 20-year-old also scored in the Europa League win over Sporting Lisbon on Thursday, leaving Brassell to question Arsenal’s decision to let him go back in 2017.

“He looks an absolute natural in front of goal,” Brassell told talkSPORT.

“He’s a very quick and explosive forward.

“There will be a lot of Arsenal fans wringing their hands about this, because I was looking up what Arsenal fans were saying when he left the club in 2017 to go to PSV, and I found an article that said: ‘Worse than losing Alexis Sanchez: Arsenal fans react to Malen joining PSV’.

“As we said, [last] weekend was where he really made his big imprint; five goals in a game against Vitesse.

“What really strikes you if you see those goals is the variety of finishes. You’re talking right foot, left foot, someone under six foot who is very, very good in the air.

“He’s someone who looks like a natural goalscorer.

“Arsenal, at the time he was there playing in the UEFA Youth League and the like, were happy to show so many of his goals because he looked the business at youth level.

“Of course, you can never really tell if that is going to translate to senior football, but his first steps with PSV are very, very promising.

“It was Arsenal’s decision to let him go.

“Maybe they thought he wouldn’t make it, which seems quite surprising.

“Maybe there was a sense he was pushing to go back home because he couldn’t see a pathway to the first-team.”


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