Arsenal legend Kevin Campbell has urged his former club to sign French defender Dayot Upamecano.
Speaking to football.london, Campbell said the Red Bull Leipzig man ‘fits the bill’ for the type of defender the club needs.
The 21-year-old’s contract is up for renewal in 2021, sparking speculation that he could be sold in the next two transfer windows.
Arsenal had a bid worth €60m (roughly £51m) rejected by the Bundesliga side in last summer’s transfer window.
Defensive reinforcements are desperately needed in the January window. The north London side’s defence has been nothing short of a shambles in the first half of the Premier League season, conceding 21 goals in just 14 games (via Premier League).
The Gunners have been plagued by poor decision-making from their centre-halves. David Luiz and Sokratis, the club’s defensive partnership for the majority of the season, have made three mistakes between themselves, despite being the oldest and most experienced players at the club.
Meanwhile, Upamecano’s strong defensive statistics highlight how much quality he possesses, despite his tender age. The player averages the fourth-most tackles, the fourth-most clearances and just 0.8 fouls per game in the German top-flight this campaign (via WhoScored).
He has directly contributed to a successful start to the season for the side as they sit second, one point off top of the table Borussia Monchengladbach.
Campbell’s suggestion is a smart one as Upamecano would vastly improve the side’s backline. The club is in real threat of going four consecutive years without Champions League football and his signing in January could go a long way to ensure that doesn’t happen.
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