Arsenal have been pretty close to faultless over the last couple of months. The Gunners have turned a corner under Unai Emery, and if their fine form against a plethora of English sides didn’t suggest that the tide was turning – their win over Tottenham certainly did.
The Gunners have been brilliant lately, but that doesn’t mean that Unai Emery’s squad is perfect.
Indeed, it’s clear that he’s still got a few problems in defence. They’ve leaked goals at points this term, whilst neither Shkodran Mustafi or Sokratis have been faultless.
In January, then, bringing in a new defender could help take the Gunners to the next level, and it’s fair to say that a move for Nathan Ake – who is rated at £22.5 million by Transfer Markt – would solve a couple of problems for the Gunners.
First and foremost, Ake is a tremendous central defender – and so he’d be useful to Emery. Bournemouth have improved dramatically in the defensive department over the years, and particularly since Ake swapped London for the south coast. He’s a robust and solid defender with bags of quality both in the air and with the ball at his feet. Whether he’s getting down for a last-ditch tackle or trying to intercept a fantastic pass, Ake is able to deliver quality defending no matter the circumstance.
He would, however, also help Arsenal out in another area. The Gunners lack depth on the left-hand side of the defence, namely as Nacho Monreal is growing older and Sead Kolasinac has yet to really prove himself as a classic left fullback. Ake has a fair amount of experience in the role, having played there a lot previously in his career. He’s got the pace and energy to get up an down the flanks, whilst he’s also far more solid defensively than Kolasinac – making him a valuable asset.
Not to mention, he’s still just 23-years-old, and so for Arsenal, he’d be able to remain at the club long-term and continue to deliver consistency for years.
A move for Ake, then, would tick all of the boxes for Unai Emery.
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