The prospects of Bacary Sagna signing another deal at Arsenal appear to be growing ever more remote and with Arsenal’s scouts out scouring Europe for a replacement on the instruction of Arsene Wenger, Fabinho – currently plying his trade with Monaco in Ligue 1 – has impressed.
Sagna is sure to start for the Gunners when they head to Old Trafford in search of their first away win against Manchester United since 2006, for which they can be backed at odds of 11/5.
Despite being owned by Portuguese small fry Rio Ave the Brazilian spent last term on loan at Real Madrid.
The 20-year-old made some 28 appearances for Real Madrid’s Castilla B-side in 2012/13 alongside players of the calibre of Alvaro Morata, Jese Rodriguez and Casemiro, all of whom have tasted first team action for Los Merengues within the last year.
Indeed the quality of his performances saw Fabinho himself earn a run-out for the Blancos’ first-team last season and he capped his 61st-minute substitute appearance by setting up Angel Di Maria for the final goal in a 6-2 victory over Malaga.
Monaco have shipped just six goals in the eight games he has started this season.
Fresh from a relatively low-key campaign last term Fabinho was loaned to cash-splashing Monaco where he slotted straight into the first team.
Les Rouges et Blanc have yet to lose a match in which he has started and it is a measure of the regard in which he is held by Laurent Blanc that he was selected for the trip to face PSG at the Parc des Princes.
He earned the second highest whoscored.com rating on his side in the encounter, while making more interceptions than any other player on a pitch heaving with stars.
Only defensive midfielder Jeremie Toulalan averages more tackles per game for Monaco in 2013/14.
His strong performance against a side ripping up the Champions League in what was just his sixth top-flight start was undoubtedly part of what – according to the Daily Mail – motivated Arsenal’s chief French scout Gilles Grimandi to recommend him to Wenger.
However his performances have been of a consistently high standard as his tackling average shows and only three of his Monaco teammates have earned higher whoscored.com average ratings in 2013/14.