Robin van Persie is full of praise for PSV Eindhoven striker Cody Gakpo amid reports the Dutch international could follow in his footsteps at Premier League leaders Arsenal speaking to BT Sport (27 October 5pm) .

Losing 2-0 to an impressive PSV team on Thursday night – their first Europa League group stage defeat – Mikel Arteta can at least take solace in the knowledge that Arsenal have managed to keep one of the fittest forwards. of the continent at arms length.

Luuk de Jong and the mesmerizing Xavi Simons may have wreaked havoc throughout the second half, but Gakpo didn’t have the same impact; excellently led by Takehiro Tomiyasu, seeing two goals rightly disallowed for offside.

A rare night off is unlikely to fend off Gakpo’s growing crowd of suitors, however, with Arsenal among them. The Mirror says the Gunners have been monitoring the 23-year-old explosive for the past 12 months.

“He’s a good player and he always finds a way in most games to influence, in terms of providing an assist or scoring a goal,” says Van Persie, who joined Arsenal from Feyenoord nearly two decades ago.

“(Gakpo) is always dangerous (but) not really a complete striker. He can play as a number 10, on the (left) wing, as a false striker or on the right wing.

“He has a good physique. He is strong, fast and can dribble. A complete player”.

Gakpo has an impressive 13 goals and 14 assists in just 21 games for PSV this season. Leeds United have agreed on personal terms with the striker’s team, although Gakpo is now set on joining a club much higher in the football pyramid (Mirror).

“I was close to leaving (in the summer),” Gakpo, valued at £40 million, told The Times. “I spoke to Erik ten Hag a few times at Manchester United.

“In the end, the deal didn’t go through, which was a shame for me and my development. Manchester United is one of the biggest clubs in the world. But also (a pity) for PSV, because transferring a player to Manchester United is a good thing for the club.

“(The last week of the window) I had to decide whether to go to Leeds or Southampton. In the end, I stayed. But it was a stressful time.”

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