Arsenal extended their win streak to ten with a comprehensive 3-1 victory over Leicester at the Emirates.
Unai Emery’s side fell behind after just 30 minutes when Hector Bellerin diverted the ball past Bernd Leno into his own net. However, a second-half revival spearheaded by Mesut Ozil saw the Gunners quickly turn the game on its head. The German levelled the scoreline just before the interval and was instrumental as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted a brace to extend Arsenal’s win streak.
Away from the result, the latest set of reports have linked Arsenal with a move for Hamburg defender – David Bates. Valued at just £810k by Transfermarkt, the Scot joined the German side in the summer after departing from Rangers. He has kept six clean sheets in eight appearances which has reportedly led to Arsenal, Leicester and Everton taking an interest in his services.
However, if the Gunners are serious about challenging for the Premier League title – they must end their interest quickly. Firstly, Hamburg are currently in the German second division, while his performances have been admirable, the competition is nowhere near the level of the Premier League. To succeed in England, you need to be tested against much higher calibre opponents.
Secondly, Bates would remain behind Sokratis, Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi in the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners arguably have far better prospects in Rob Holding and Konstantinos Mavroponas already at the club, and Bates’ arrival would only limit their opportunities. Furthermore, Arsenal have Calum Chambers and Krystian Bielik to return from loan deals at the end of the season.
The Gunners would be wise to red light this move.
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