Leicester City face a challenge to keep defender Caglar Soyuncu at the club this January with the player allegedly attracting the interest of other Premier League rivals.
They state that scouts were in attendance to watch him play against Iceland yesterday evening, where the Foxes centre-half was able to keep another clean sheet as his country drew 0-0, thus securing Euro 2020 qualification.
Arsenal have previous with Soyuncu (Telegraph), with the Gunners being keen admirers back when he was at Freiburg before joining the East Midlands club.
Arsenal may have been killing two birds with one stone, though, as they have also been linked with Soyuncu’s partner-in-crime at the heart of the Turkey defence in Juventus’ Merih Demiral.
Given Arsenal’s poor defensive record and Leicester’s fantastic one, there’s no surprise to see that they would want Soyuncu, but the more pertinent question remains: would Soyuncu want Arsenal?
After being less than a third of a way through a breakthrough campaign for the Turkish centre-back in the Premier League, he may feel that he is best placed in this overachieving Leicester side.
So far, the Foxes have conceded just eight goals in 12 league games and he has played every minute of every game alongside the experienced Jonny Evans as they have flown to second in the Premier League. His stats are equally as impressive. Not only has he averaged 7.25/10 from his 12 games according to WhoScored, but he has also made 5.5 clearances per game, 1.5 interceptions per game and 2.3 tackles per match – all higher than his counterpart Evans.
Bearing this in mind, and that Arsenal are nine points behind them in the race for the Champions League next year, why would he want to make the move to North London?
While Arsenal are obviously a massive club when you look at their trophy cabinet and global fanbase, it’s hardly a club that is a mouth-watering prospect at this moment in time.
Additionally, when you look at the constant pressure upon which many of Arsenal’s defenders are under from both the press and their fanbase, it may make him wonder whether he is better off working at hard at Leicester and perhaps waiting out for a better move.
Just take a look at Shkodran Mustafi, who publically hit out at fans for the abuse he received (as mentioned within this Mirror article). With Leicester genuinely looking like a better side than Arsenal at the moment, and the pressure being so much lower, it just doesn’t make sense for him to depart.
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