Arsenal will finish in top four next season if they sign France and Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti.
The weakest link in the squad of Arsenal appear to be the back-line and Unai Emery is looking to reinforce this position with a top-notch player. The Daily Star claims Emery has informed the club’s board of his admiration for Umtiti and he has asked them to sign the top player.
Umtiti struggled with injuries at the start of last season and on his return, he could not get back into the first team of Ernesto Valverde. Gerard Pique and Thomas Lenglet were preferred over him and it is believed that the player can be tempted by a lucrative offer. If he secures a move to Arsenal, he will earn well and play regularly.
Arsenal finished the season in sixth place on the log not because they couldn’t create or score goals but they conceded goals with reckless abandon. The North London club scored the third most goals after Manchester City and Liverpool but they conceded a staggering 51 League goals more than Wolves, Everton and Leicester City in seventh, Eighth and ninth place respectively.
Shkodran Mustafi has been a huge disappointment for Arsenal and many have called for his head. Although Laurent Koscielny flattered to deceive, he is not expected to play in the first team of Arsenal next season. The Gunners should cash in on the aforementioned German and add to their budget to sign Umtiti.
Standing at 6ft, Umtiti can form a very strong partnership with Rob Holding and make the defence of the club more assuring. Arsenal must sign a replacement for Aaron Ramsey and Petr Cech but the biggest focus of Emery must be the defence.
Umtiti is valued at 70,00 Mill. € according to transfermarkt, if Emery is serious, he must convince the board to do whatever it takes to sign the star. We saw the effect of a top-notch centre-back at Liverpool in the form of Virgil Van Dijk, Umititi can be the same for us.