On Unai Emery’s list of problems to solve over the summer, sorting out the defence will be near the top.
The Arsenal defence has yet again been a mess this season, throwing away games that have cost the Gunners important points in the league and giving neutrals endless hours of comedy gold on the behalf of the likes of Shkodran Mustafi and Stephan Lichtsteiner.
Arsenal’s defence is in need of some serious work this summer, and it’s looking like that this is exactly what will happen as reports are emerging that the Gunners are targeting a defender.
According to the Sun, Arsenal are looking at a number of centre-backs to sign this transfer window from Harry Maguire to Toby Alderweireld to Djene Dakonam, as well as Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma.
With Arsenal in desperate need of a new centre-back and the Blues man looking like a possible departure from west London after two-years out on loan from Stamford Bridge, what would the potential consequences be of the Gunners signing Zouma?
Emery secures Mustafi replacement
Zouma would no doubt be a starting defender should he make the city move to Arsenal, meaning that a current Gunners centre-back will likely have to leave to make room for the French international.
With Laurent Koscielny the club captain, Sokratis being Arsenal’s defender and Konstantinos Mavropanos and Rob Holding looking like the future of the Gunner’s backline, Mustafi is the odd one out and will likely have to leave north London.
The German defender is one of the Gunners’ most error-prone players, so the signing of Zouma would only cast further doubt over Mustafi’s lack of a future at Arsenal.
No move for Maguire
In an ideal world, Arsenal have the funds to sign more than just one centre-back this summer, but with a budget of £40 million to play with it is highly unlikely Emery will be able to bring in more than Zouma, meaning Maguire’s wait for a move to a top-six side continues.
The England international has been waiting for a move to a bigger club since making a name for himself at Leicester and for the national team, and although it is possible Maguire can find a move away from the Foxes this summer, it won’t be to Arsenal, who simply can’t afford him.
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