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!