Let’s be honest, Arsenal’s defence is an absolute mess and has been for a while.
You can argue that the Gunners have been incredibly unlucky with injuries, with the likes of Laurent Koscielny, Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin all suffering major injuries in the past 12 months, but that doesn’t pave over the fact that Arsenal’s current crop of defenders are simply not good enough for the club.
Signing a new defender is surely likely to be a priority for Unai Emery, who could miss out on Champions League football in his first season in north London and could pin that down to his defenders underperforming in key games, mainly Shkodran Mustafi, but there is some hope for Arsenal fans.
According to the Daily Mail via Sports Mole, the Gunners looking at Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti as a possible summer signing, with the French international out of favour in the Catalan capital this season and looking to move from the La Liga giants, and Arsenal acquiring the 25-year-old would be a revolutionary signing for the club.
Umtiti has shown that he is a defender of immense quality, being first-choice for Barcelona last season when the club won the La Liga title and partnering Raphael Varane for France in last summer’s World Cup triumph, and the former Lyon man would be perfect for Arsenal.
Having joined from Lyon for a reported £24.6 million, Umtiti would be an expensive signing for Arsenal, but what Emery would be getting in return could result in being a priceless addition for the Gunners who are in need of a defensive rebuild.
Arsenal have been a horror show defensively this season, again, and it’s rare a player can emerge that could fix the majority of their problems, but in Umtiti, they will have just that.
Arsenal fans, would Umtiti be a good signing for the club? Let us know!
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