Arsenal’s defence may not be have been much to shout about for the punters propping up the bar in the Transfer Tavern in recent years, though Sead Kolasinac’s performance yesterday was a cause for celebration.
The Bosnian international looks a cult hero in the making and proof Arsene Wenger can still purchase defenders, after many years of failing to convince when strengthening in that area. With that in mind, reports from Italy have proven rather interesting.
According to TMW, the Gunners are once again tracking Juventus centre-back Daniele Rugani, after reportedly having TWO bids snubbed last summer. Now Le Prof deploys a three-man defence, the classy Italian could be a regular starter and perfect foil for the likes of Rob Holding and Laurent Koscielny at the Emirates.
Rugani made his name while on loan with Empoli between 2013 and 2015, though struggled to compete with the wonderful defensive triumvirate of Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini over in Turin.
With Bonucci now having departed for AC Milan, it’s unclear whether or not the 23-year-old will be handed more of a starting berth by the Old Lady this season, though the Gunners are thought to be keen once more.
Eager for more new signings, our local Arsenal supporters are happy with the idea of seeing him arrive.
Though Nacho Monreal has impressed as a central defender, Rugani would surely be an improvement on both he and Gabriel in a back three. Boasting a wonderful passing range and some typically robust Italian defensive traits, he’d be a natural fit for Arsenal’s style of play and a long-term successor for Per Mertesacker.
Juventus, despite their success, have shown themselves to be a selling club, so Arsenal should definitely explore this potential signing.