Posted on September 08, 2018 by ADMIN

Arsenal chasing cut-price defender to reinforce our leaky back line?

Unai Emery may have brought some tactical improvements to Arsenal since his arrival which has helped us to score more goals, but the defensive improvements are yet to be seen as we are still leaking goals left, right and centre. Emery will have to find a solution soon though or we are in for a long, hard (but probably exciting!) season.

According to kick-off, Emery is looking at yet another cut-price defender in the ex-Chelsea man Felipe Luis, who is currently at Atletico Madrid, and they rarely concede many goals! KickOff reports….

Over at left-back, an injury to Sead Kolasinac has meant that the Spaniard’s first choice has not really been determined, with Nacho Monreal getting the nod for the last three matches, but it is thought that the Gunners’ new boss wants to bring in Filipe Luis in January.

Currently battling for a starting role with French World Cup winner Lucas Hernandez at Atletico Madrid, the 33-year-old was recently the subject of interest from PSG, whilst the fact that he is out of contract next summer means that signing him shouldn’t break the bank.

A succession of injuries may have disrupted the Brazilian international’s 2017/18 La Liga campaign, restricting him to just 20 appearances, but the experienced full-back still managed to have a positive impact upon his team’s results when he was involved,

Prior to that, Luis’ previous four seasons in the Spanish capital had been a model of consistency, with the 33-year-old making at least 32 top-flight appearances and playing a part in 17 or more clean sheets for Diego Simeone’s men.

I don’t know whether there is any truth in this rumour, but the fact is that something has to change at the back for Arsenal but for me it is the central defence that has been the problem, and I’ve been hoping that Lucas Torreira will be the help needed to stop our opponents breezing through our back line. I’m not sure a 33 year-old left-back will be the enswer, even if he does come cheap!


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17 thoughts on “Arsenal chasing cut-price defender to reinforce our leaky back line?

  1. gotanidea

    This is another BS story from KickOff, because Arsenal are focusing on their squad rejuvenation

    They don’t need another left back, because they have got Lichtsteiner, Maitland-Niles, Bramall, Lopez, etc

    1. bob

      perferct leftback for umery is nicolas tagliafico argentina/ajax left back
      or diego laxalt from uruguay/genoa

    1. Phil

      So would I OG-There has been a fair bit of encouraging reports on Tolaji Bola who is only 18 but a very attack minded Left Back.We hear very little about Cohen Bramell other than he is back following a loan spell at Birmingham last season where he didn’t play much.
      What’s the worst that could happen by playing these youngsters at LB?They couldn’t defend any worse than the playe at RB.

  2. barryglik

    Arsenal will have to replace several
    players in the next 2 seasons.
    Cech who is 35. No resale value.
    Monreal 32. No resale value
    Koscielny 32 and injured. No resale value.
    Jenkinson 26. 3m? Mkhitaryan 30. 12m?
    Ozil 30. 20m? Aubameyang 30. 25m? Elneny. 26. 5m?
    Ospina 30. Free? Lichsteiner. Free?

    1. Kenny Rolfe

      Why would you replace Aubameyang. What is it? 10 goals in 13 games since signing. The man’s a goal machine if given the service. Some of the stupid comments on here?

  3. Quantic Dream

    No point buying yet another left back when we have
    £150K-a-week Kolasinac who joined us a little over a year ago having been one of the best left backs in bundesliga. He never got a chance to play as Monreal was on form and kept him out. He has been patient for a year and must be given a chance as soon as he recovers from injury seeing that Monreal is almost finished with his Arsenal career and Kolasinac is quietly earning a hefty salary. Lichtsteiner as well must be incorporated into the team immediately after the international break otherwise his one year contract will be over in no time and he will have been signed and paid for nothing.

  4. Durand

    If he’s looking to improve defense, then start Torreria. If he’s looking at competition, then rather try youngsters before buying.

    Premium isn’t on defense in that position clearly; its about width in attacking as we’ve seen. Whatever the solution I’m sure it will not involve top class or top money.

    1. ozziegunner

      Plus Lichtsteiner at RB; leadership ability, experienced, tough tackler, disciplined and serial winner. What deficiencies does Emery see in him that others don’t?

  5. Grandad

    Kolasinac has been very disappointing and I very much doubt if he is a long term solution at left back.

    1. ozziegunner

      Granddad, to be honest Kolasinac didn’t have too many opportunities prior to his injury. It will be interesting to see how he performs on his return, given his form in the Bundes league.

  6. Midkemma

    I bet this is just media made to get clicks/readers.
    We have Monreal who is top class for such an aged LB, not perfect but far from the worst player in the back 4 for defending. Let us not forget how well he is going forward, such a force and goal threat ontop 😉

    Kola is waiting for his chance, his fitness may be a bit concerning but he is at the right age and he has been recognised for his footballing talent already, if we can nurture that then he can easily become our next main LB… If not then we can look to buy after Monreal leaves.

    We have Bola, we not long pinched Lopez, we have a couple youths waiting for the chance.
    We all know that you do not have to be 20+ to play in the EPL, not saying 17 is good for whole seasons but if those two lads have real potential then they can cover a LB between them.

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