The Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern aren’t too excited at the prospect of their side signing Jonny Evans. Whilst a move is not expected to be imminent, the Gunners’ interest in him is clear, with improvement needed at the back for the Gunners.
However, if Arsenal really want to land a top-class defender, they should look outside of the Premier League – and Nordi Mukiele (who is rated at £6.3 million) could be the perfect solution.
Currently playing for Montpellier, Mukiele has been nothing short of a revelation in France this season. A regular in Ligue 1, the 20-year-old has delivered consistently fantastic performances at the back. Fantastic with the ball at his feet, he would fit in well with Arsene Wenger’s philosophy, with excellent passing and dribbling allowing him to step forward from defence into the midfield.
That doesn’t take away from his defensive qualities, though. An expert tackler, Mukiele has a fantastic ability to read the game, allowing him to intercept balls and passes impossibly. He’s certainly a defensively minded player, and that is just what Arsene Wenger needs right now.
He has picked up at an average rating (according to WhoScored.com) of 7.24 this season – which should go some way into describing his quality. At just 20-years-old, too, he’s clearly got so much room for growth – and there is nobody better at maximising talent than Arsene Wenger.
Arsenal clearly need proven quality, and over a long period of time, Mukiele doesn’t have that. However, if you’re just looking at his form this season, very few defenders have been able to reach his level. With deadline day now upon us, he would be the perfect signing.
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