Donyell Malen: The Arsenal reject who suffered season-ending knee injury tipped to star for Holland at Euro 2020

ARSENAL could be reminded what they are missing at Euro 2020 with Holland striker Donyell Malen set to shine.

The 22-year-old has been banging goals in for fun at PSV since being deemed not good enough by the Gunners.

PSV signed the striker for just £500,000 in 2017, with Malen returning to his native country after just two years spent in the Arsenal academy.

The North Londoners brought the forward to England in 2015 from Ajax, with the player making his senior debut against Sydney FC in a pre-season game in 2017.

But he failed to convince the club he deserved a chance in the first-team – a decision they immediately regretted.

In his first year at PSV, he helped the Eindhoven outfit win the Eredivisie title, while also top scoring for their reserve side.

The 2018-19 campaign saw Malen become a key player, where he scored 11 goals in 42 appearances.

His fine form saw him be called up to national team, where he found the back of the net on his debut against Germany in September 2019.

After firing in 17 goals in 25 games midway through the 2019-20 season – where he scored all five in the 5-0 win over Vitesse – Arsenal were linked with bringing him back to the Emirates.

He was also tipped to shine at Euro 2020, only for Malen to suffer a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament injury.

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Malen – who underwent knee surgery – was ruled out of action for 243 days, though luckily for the forward, the tournament was pushed back another year.

And he has returned even stronger following his injury, as he chipped in with 27 goals and ten assists in 45 games during the 2020-21 season.

He has even forced his way back into the Holland squad, where he now boasts nine caps to his name.

It has been claimed that Barcelona are keeping tabs on the striker as a possible alternative to his Dutch team-mate Memphis Depay.

And Borussia Dortmund could look to land Malen to replace Erling Haaland should the Norway international be sold for £150m this summer.

Meanwhile Juventus are said to have scouted Malen for the last two years, and could turn their interest into a formal offer.


Liverpool are another club that are keen on Malen, with Jurgen Klopp's side believed to be leading the race to secure his services.

His potential suitors will be keeping a watchful eye on Malen at Euro 2020, where he is likely to be used as a starter or as an impact player.

For Arsenal fans, watching him will be another painful reminder of what could have been.

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