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.
Arsenal to contend with Man United over signing of quality defender
Manchester United are expected to be in contention for Juventus defender Merih Demiral when the transfer window reopens in January.
Though the Red Devils upgraded their defensive unit when the captured Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bisaka’s services prior to the start of the season, they haven’t been too solid at the back of the pitch.
The Premier League giants have 12 conceded goals, and Solskjaer is set to make some changes to the list of defenders at his disposal.
According to Italian media Tuttosport (via Football-Italia), the Norwegian tactician has set his eyes on the Turkish defender with a view of luring him to the Theatre of Dreams in the winter.
However, Solskjaer will need to contend with Arsenal manager Unai Emery in the race for the 20-year-old. It is believed that the Gunners manager is impressed with the report he got from his scouts who monitored the youngster’s performance against Iceland on Thursday.
The under-fire Arsenal manager has seen his defenders conceded 17 goals in 12 Premier League matches this season, a record which has led to fans displeasure.
The Spaniard is equally linked with a move for Demiral’s services as part of his plans to improve his defence in the second half of the campaign.
The same source further revealed that Serie A side AC Milan are equally keeping a close tab on the player’s situation under Maurizio Sarri, and they hope to beat the two Premier League giants to his services.
Demiral is finding regular game-time too hard to get under Sarri who prefers Leonardo Bonucci, Danielle Rugani and Matthijs de Ligt.
Arsenal already identify Unai Emery’s replacement
Arsenal have failed to record a single victory in their four previous Premier League and the Gunners faithfuls are calling for Unai Emery’s dismissal as soon as possible.
The North London club were defeated 2-0 by Leicester City on Saturday, a result which put them in the sixth position with 17 points from 12 matches.
It was earlier reported that the Gunners hierarchy are willing to respect their contractual agreement with the former PSG manager by giving him the chance to be at the helm of affairs till the end of the season but that could change anytime soon.
According to Spanish media El Confidencial, the Gunners board members are losing their patience with the Spanish tactician and they are reportedly in search of his replacement.
The same source revealed that former Barcelona and Spain head coach Luis Enrique is being considered as the best man for the job.
Enrique, who surprisingly left his post as Spain head coach this year, is heavily linked with Gunners managerial position but it is left to be seen if he will accept the offer midway through to the campaign.
Former Manchester United manager José Mourinho was earlier said to be leading the race for the job but the Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi quickly debunked the rumors.
Arsenal star set to leave the Emirates in January
Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka is experiencing one of his most difficult times at the Emirates Stadium since his unhealthy incident with his own fans few weeks ago.
The Swiss midfielder was appointed the Gunners captain by Unai Emery at the early stages of the season, a decision which doesn’t go well with fans.
Unfortunately, Xhaka couldn’t keep the captain’s armband for a long period of time as he was stripped off the position following his avoidable spat with his own fans during their 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace last month.
However, situation got worse for the former Borussia Monchengladbach star who has failed to feature in the last three matches played the Gunners.
To worsen the player’s situation at the Emirates Stadium, report via the Mirror claimed that Unai Emery and his employers are ready to cash-in on his services in January.
According to the British media, Arsenal board members are willing to release the Switzerland international in January even if they won’t make much profit from his sale.
It should be recalled that the Xhaka joined the Gunners from Monchengladbach in a £34m deal, but The Mirror revealed that the Gunners are expecting inexpensive offer from potential suitors when the next transfer window commences.