If Arsenal’s dominant win on Monday night proved anything, it’s that with the correct squad, Unai Emery can work absolute wonders.
Indeed, the Gunners have already picked up their attacking game under the Spaniard, becoming a joy to watch with their fast-paced, creative style and it’s starting to look more and more obvious as to why the club appointed him as Arsene Wenger’s successor as a relative shock.
However, as ever, it’s their defence which has held them back. While Emery’s experimented with many defensive combinations, none of them succeeded amid a spate of injuries seriously undermining his attempts to build a real base. Worryingly, even in comfortable positions, the North London giants have surrendered points and could’ve been in a much better position had their defending been stronger.
So, the former Sevilla coach is looking to improve upon this and according to reports from the Daily Mail, he’s aiming to sign Michael Keane from Everton to solidify his defence. Undoubtedly, the England international’s put in some commendable performances recently, being especially commanding against Liverpool and West Ham United amid a topsy-turvy season under Marco Silva, Keane’s starting to look like the player who was linked with Manchester United during his time at Burnley.
In 29 appearances, he’s helped them keep 10 clean-sheets, putting in strong performances against some big guns. He boasts a 64% tackling success, has made 163 clearances and won 209 duels (stats via Premier League) this season and the assertive defender’s been at the right place at the right time, clearing danger, thwarting strikers and commanding his side’s defence with authority.
At his best, he looks like he’d be one of the best defenders the Gunners have had in years.
Arsenal need a leader like him to marshal their defence. In desperate need of replacing the error-prone Shkodran Mustafi, Keane – who only has a Transfermarkt rating of £22.5m – could be the perfect antidote to the frustrating German.
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