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Given Wenger’s penchant for developing young talent,Gaya has the potential to be a significant upgrade on his international teammate Monreal and with much more time on his side.
Crisis-ridden Valencia have proved a source of rich pickings for Premier League clubs in the past and 21-year-old left-back Jose Luis Gaya is set to be the latest out the exit door at the Mestalla amid Arsenal ‘s interest.
A Valencia academy graduate, Gaya is a symbol of one of the few things still going right at a club enduring such a nightmare season it threatens to make Gary Neville’s four-month spell in charge last season look like a success.
Gaya, who started his career as a striker, is the latest youngster to be converted into a left-back with great success.
Jordi Alba and Juan Bernat followed the same road before earning big money moves to Barcelona and Bayern Munich, but Gaya was even more highly thought of at the club than those two when he made his breakthrough season in 2014-15.
Amidst the despair on Spain’s south-east coast over the past five years, that campaign stands out as a shining light as Los Che beat out Sevilla to qualify for the Champions League.
Gaya’s energy bombing up and down the left flank played a huge role in that success.