Arsenal boosted as rivals pull out of defender chase

Espanyol have pulled out of the race to sign Monaco defender Marcel Tisserand, leaving Arsenal heading the race for his signature.

The 23 year-old had been close to signing for the La Liga side, but the centre-back is now keen on waiting to see the result of the Gunners recent interest in his signature. Espanyol are now looking elsewhere for possible targets.

Monaco are believed to be looking for €5 Million for the Congo international, with the versatile defender having failed to live up to his potential with the club.

Tisserand has played at both centre-back and right-back previously, and it is not known whether he would be viewed to cover the possible sale of Mathieu Debuchy, who is pushing for a move, to cover at centre-back, or both.

The centre-back role has been a huge talking point in North-London so far this season, with Per Mertesacker falling foul of a long-term injury which is set to keep him out until February at least, before Gabriel Paulista followed him onto the crock list a week before the opening weekend.

Youngster Rob Holding’s performance alongside Laurent Koscielny this weekend may have eased the importance of another addition at present, but it was then revealed the France international played the game whilst carrying a knock, and played through the pain barrier after hurting his back the day before the 0-0 draw with Leicester City.

Shkodran Mustafi has been heavily linked with a switch to the Emirates this summer, but the deal looks less and less likely to happen, and Arsenal fans are unlikely to be satisfied with Tisserand coming in to shore up their defence.

Could we seriously be looking to sign the struggling Congolese defender? Could he really be an alternative to Mustafi?

Tags Arsenal Espanyol Monaco Mustafi Tisserand


  1. how i wish the transfer window closes tonight… the bombardment of linking players to Us without any signing is baseless and unimaginable.

    1. Or even better Arsenal to be banned for any transfer under Wenger, until he left. Such will make it easier for us.

  2. Tisserand is garbage.

    However, we are linked with a £17 million move for Lucas Perez of Deportivo la Coruna. He scored 17 goals last year with 8 assists with a team who finished 15th.

    He makes runs behind defense, he has a mean curve on his shot and at this point, I would take him ahead of Giroud anytime.

      1. hand on a stack of bibles i thought lucas perez was that kid from newcastle
        never knew of any deportivo striker.

        i only remember one diego tristan, that team had valleron an some great players.

        can you believe this will be mesut ozils FOURTH YEAR with us…FOURTH

        the worlds best at providing goal scoring opportunities, an he was never given a real goal scorer.

        for footballs sake that is very sad- its CRIMINAL

  3. Apparently mustafi isn’t good enough for us, (guillem ballaque). If we keep going like this I can xhaka covering at cb! Steve bould still got his boots? Manolas? We need someone who isn’t 19 but isn’t 30. Transitional forward planning Arsene, and yes it may well cost you.

    1. Manolas is a good defender
      I would be satisfied if we got him
      he is only 25 too

      Never heard of Tisserand though

  4. @mclovin. Sounds good, in fact even his name sounds good 🙂 please buy him Arsene!! Give us something.

    1. What are you talking about? Perez scored 17G and assisted 8 of their 45 goals for the season (55%) A lot of the Lacazette fans seem happy to disregard how many of his goals were from penalties as well. La Liga >> Ligue 1

  5. beautiful day in london today, 32 degrees, at zoo with missus…i see a guy with his kids they nagging for ice cream.. i walk past…whats he doing playing on his phone…..hes on justarsenal!

    yo if you see this msg bro i was with latina who was trynna help your son with his drink lid lol
    i was gonna start throwing usernames around- to see if you were a regular, but thought against it lol

    arsenal fans be obsessed with there club i swear 🙂

  6. I think at this stage Arsenal are desperate and be Happy if Mickey Mouse signed for Arsenal.
    Wenger has a lot to answer for.

  7. It is a sad day for Arsenal when the prime target is an out of favor Congolese centre back for Monaco. I’ll bet Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte are shaking in their boots!

    What a joke the transfer market has become for Arsenal. Waiting, waiting and waiting and then nothing but Wenger excuses.

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