It has been said time and time again, but Arsenal seriously need to look at bringing in new defenders in the summer when the transfer window opens. The Gunners have struggled at times to keep the goals out and with an ageing back line, improvements are clearly required.
Unai Emery has almost had a year at the club that would have afforded him plenty of time to work out what positions he needs to prioritise in the summer and the types of players he should be looking to target to help improve his side and take them up a notch.
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And, it appears he has recognised the need for a new centre-back and has identified Everton’s Michael Keane as someone he wants to bring to the Emirates Stadium, according to Football Insider sources.
Emery is believed to be a ‘big admirer’ of the England international and sees him as the type of player he can build his team around in the long-term future, with scouts having been impressed with his recent performances.
However, with Everton reluctant to sell him, Arsenal will also have to face competition from Tottenham Hotspur to try and sign the 26-year-old.
Keane has been a standout for club and country this season, so it is not hard to see why Emery is a ‘big admirer’ and would be keen to have him at the Emirates Stadium.
Still only 26-years-old, the defender is certainly someone a club like Arsenal would be able to bring into the team and build their squad around, whilst he would also be an immediate upgrade on the other options already in north London.
His ability to play out from the back is something that makes him a rather attractive proposition, whilst his aerial presence in the opposition area (as well as his own) is something Arsenal could look to capitalise on.
However, Everton are not going to want to let him leave Goodison Park any time soon and it could take a rather huge transfer fee for it to happen, and with reports suggesting Arsenal have limited funds available in the summer, it might just be wishful thinking on Emery’s part.
Arsenal fans, how good would it be to have Keane at the Emirates Stadium? Do you think he would be an immediate upgrade? How realistic of a target is he though? Join in with the discussion below by sharing your thoughts with us.