Arsenal have seen Bukayo Saka emerge as a superb talent during the 2019/20 campaign with the youngster shining at left-back.
The 18-year-old has slotted in effortlessly in defence and has claimed nine in all competitions for the Gunners this season.
Mikel Arteta clearly rates him and for Arsenal, it’s a nice reminder that they haven’t lived to regret not signing David Alaba.
Rewind a year and the Gunners were linked with a move for the Bayern Munich performer by The Sun.
Alaba is a big Arsenal supporter and said as much when interviewed by the Evening Standard in 2016.
He said: “I was a fan of Arsenal, who dominated everything around 10 years ago.
“I only had eyes for Vieira. Our styles don’t resemble each other particularly but in this position, he’s an example, notably in his way of imposing himself in duels.”
A year down the line though and it would seem the emergence of the talented Saka means Arsenal don’t need Alaba anymore.
At 27 the versatile performer still has plenty of time left during his career but he shouldn’t be a primary target for Arsenal.
Alaba has played 28 times this season for Bayern operating either at left-back or as a centre-back.
His versatility might be useful but given the money Bayern would expect, the Gunners would be better prioritising other players.
Saka is likely to pen a new contract at some point and his presence in the Arsenal team has been telling.
The Gunners haven’t lost in the Premier League since December; a run stretching eight games.
Alaba might be a self-confessed Arsenal fan but signing would hamper the progress of Saka.
With Kieran Tierney also edging closer to fitness, Arsenal are well-stocked at left-back.
Centre-back isn’t where Alaba is natural so Arteta will probably opt for a more experienced player in that position.
With Champions League football looking unlikely at the Emirates Stadium next season, Arsenal’s budget will be used sparingly.
Saka has ensured that Alaba interest should be consigned firmly to the history books.