If you were to ask an Arsenal fan what area of the pitch they believe needs the most work, the most common answer would be the defence.
The Gunners have at times been laughable this season due to some of the horrific defensive errors and lack of organisation that saw Unai Emery’s side finish outside the top-four for a third consecutive year, and work is expected to be done this summer.
Charlie Nicholas (via the Metro) believes Shkodran Mustafi should leave this transfer window with the German centre-back the main culprit for Arsenal’s shoddy defending and the north London side are highly expected to bring in one or two more defenders to improve the quality of what Emery has at his disposal, and a big name has been rumoured.
According to Il Messaggero, Arsenal are ready to activate Kostas Manolas’ £31 million release clause this summer as the Greek defender looks to move on from AS Roma after five years in the Italian capital if they don’t finish in a Champions League spot come the end of the Serie A season.
Manolas, who is valued on Transfermakrt at £40.5 million, has been rumoured with a move to Arsenal ever since his days at Olympiakos, and now the Gunners have the golden opportunity to finally secure the signature of the 27-year-old defender, who will be a game-changing signing for Emery.
It’s been a long time since Arsenal had a solid duo in the heart of the defence, but with Manolas, that will become a problem of the past with Sokratis and Rob Holding already at the club and both more than capable of complimenting the Greek in the starting XI.
Arsenal have long sought to sign Manolas, and this summer will be the perfect chance to bring in the man who will transform the club’s defence, and take them one big step forward into becoming an elite team again.
Arsenal fans, would Manolas change the team for the better? Let us know!
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