This £5.4m-rated defender could be Arsenal’s unlikely replacement for Shkodran Mustafi

The Arsenal fans have been drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern in recent weeks due to the shambolic performances of their side across all-competitions, and plenty of them have called for the departure of Shkodran Mustafi as a result. 

The vast majority of Arsenal supporters have predictably and justifiably used Arsene Wenger as a scapegoat for their side’s woes in recent weeks during a particularly dark spell for the club. Arsenal are no strangers to humiliation and periods of crisis, but the one they have experienced of late suggests they have fallen well below the standard that is typically expected of them.

Although it’s a worrying time for Arsenal Football Club, the club should not panic in the transfer market next summer with regards to both potential incoming and outgoing transfers. There is reason to believe that a change in management could instigate a dramatic upturn in the form of some of Arsenal’s underperforming outfield players, such as Shkodran Mustafi who has been particularly lacklustre this season.

Despite his poor form for the club, the German international has remained an ever-present in Arsenal’s first-team, partly due to the lack of competition for places in his position. If Arsenal want to halt their dramatic decline and begin an improvement which can enable them to become a top-four club once again, they will need to sign at least one quality central defender to challenge Mustafi for his first-team place.

One man who should certainly be on Arsenal’s radar is Burnley’s James Tarkowski (valued at £5.4 million by Transfermarkt), as his performances for Sean Dyche’s high-flying side this season suggest he could be ready to make another step up in his rapidly rising career. Tarkowski has been mightily impressive at the heart of Burnley’s resolute defensive unit this season, and his performances are set to earn him a deserved call-up to the England squad this month according to The Daily Telegraph.

Arsenal are suffering something of an identity crisis at the moment, with many supporters beginning to question whether the long-held notion that their side play attractive football still commands any credibility, but despite this, the club should be enticed by Tarkowski due to his ball-playing ability – as well as his defensive credentials.

Burnley are unlikely to be willing to sell one of their prize assets next summer so it’s unlikely he’ll come cheap, but he should still represent decent value for money considering he has proven Premier League experience, so Arsenal should do everything they can to sign a player who could potentially replace Mustafi in the first-team next season.

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