Arsenal are set to battle it out with Chelsea and Manchester City for the signature of Birmingham City youngster Koby Arthur in the summer, according to the Daily Mirror. The striker, fondly referred to as "King" Arthur, moved to Britain from Ghana just 12 months back.
The 17-year-old has caught the eye of several Premier League clubs, thanks to his performances for the Birmingham reserves, which has also earned him a call-up to the senior team to play Crystal Palace this weekend. The forward was identified by Birmingham scouts playing for a non-league side before being admitted to the Community Trust football development and education programme, which runs in co-operation with the club's academy.
Blues' manager Lee Clark is trying his level best to tie the player to a professional contract, which will prevent Arthur from leaving on the cheap to a top club. The youngster can play anywhere in the attack and is expected to have a bright future ahead of him. Birmingham are currently in talks with Arthur's advisors Tony Appiah and Saif Rubie to sanction a deal.
"Koby is an amazing young talent. We are looking to do the best thing for his progress and they are looking to secure him to a professional deal," Rubie said.
Cazorla: Spain are Still Hunger for Trophies
Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla insists Spain are not in decline, following their 1-1 draw against Finland in the World Cup qualifiers. Cazorla believes it is premature to judge the defending champions based on a single game. Spain will now take on France in the second of the qualifiers on Tuesday.
"It makes no sense at all to doubt this team after one draw. You cannot talk about the end of an era, this team is still hungry, we still want to win trophies and you cannot talk of the end of an era. The problem is we now have less of a margin for error, but we always go out to win every game anyway. We know that we'll have to play really well, against a team that is on a very good run of form," the playmaker said.