Arsenal fans are lauding Merih Demiral after the Turkey international defender made a brilliant goalline clearance to help his nation qualify for next year’s European Championships.
After an Iceland player had headed the ball goalwards, the defender fell back on to his goalline to clear the ball from underneath his own crossbar (via Engin Davran).
The Gunners have been linked with a £34m move for the defender with Maurizio Sarri keen to do some ‘de-cluttering’ in the January transfer window (reports via The Guardian) and Dean Jones of Bleacher Report has also recently talked about their interest.
Demiral has seen a real lack of action under Sarri since joining the club in the summer for €18m (roughly £15.4m). He has made just one Serie A appearance and hasn’t even featured in the Champions League at all for the Italian club (via Transfermarkt).
Meanwhile, Arsenal have already conceded 17 goals from their first 12 Premier League games of the season, showing their lack of stability at the back (via Premier League).
It seems fans were very impressed with the clip of Demiral as they took to Twitter to laud the young Turk.
Here is a selection of tweets from the north London faithful:
— Eduardo Hagn (@EduardoHagn) November 14, 2019
You cant teach that
— Uncle Arsenal (@uncle_arsenal) November 14, 2019
Turkey has always produced decent defenders tbh
— iamkeneth 🦾🇺🇬 (@KenethKaunda3) November 14, 2019
If you watch closely He had to run back and clear that too defensive instinct
— Murat (@kubilay2007) November 14, 2019
Demiral is a beast
— Kyle (@Kyle_AFC2003) November 14, 2019
If we’re a serious club about finishing top 4, then on the 1st January we need to be signing Merih Demiral for the 34m that Juve want. He is a beast and is EXACTLY what we need at the back.
— Clockend gooner (@Clockend88) November 13, 2019
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