Arsenal hand trial to Caen starlet M'Baye Niang

The Gunners have handed the 17-year-old a chance to impress during the club's pre-season, but the Ligue 1 side's manager believes the opportunity has come too soon

Arsenal have taken Caen's teenage sensation M’Baye Niang on trial, a decision that has been met with opposition from the French side’s new coach Patrice Garande.

The well-renowned 17-year-old made his professional debut for the Ligue 1 side in April 2011, and has since gone on to score five goals in 30 first-team appearances.

With Newcastle and Stoke also thought to be interested, it appears the Gunners have stolen a march on their Premier League rivals by offering the striker a trial at the Emirates this week, much to coach Garande disapproval.

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Garande told Sky Sports: "What I say in relation to him is simple, he has talent - yes, does he have the potential to make a career – yes.

"But is he doing the right thing for this at the moment? No."

When questioned as to whether he would use the starlet next season, Garande was blunt with his response, adding: “If he is here I will count on him, he leaves tomorrow we won't.