Arsenal gives up on Man Utd target to consider a move for Ukraine star

Arsenal has turned their attention from Lisandro Martinez to Shakhtar Donetsk and Ukraine defender Mykola Matviyenko.

The Gunners had been keen to add Martinez to their squad in this transfer window, and they even tabled an offer worth £38m for his signature, but Ajax turned it down.

The Dutchmen want more money, and Arsenal is not keen to pay more, plus the competition from Manchester United is serious.

The Daily Mail says they have accepted defeat in their pursuit of the Argentinian and have now turned their attention towards signing Matviyenko.

Just like Martinez, the 26-year-old can play as a centre back and a left-back.

The Ukrainian top flight has been suspended for months after their country was invaded by Russia.

This means Arsenal can negotiate a favourable deal to sign him, and they likely will not have to offer as much as they have done for Martinez so far.

Just Arsenal Opinion

If we cannot sign Martinez, we need to get a new defender to support our current options.

The season ahead would be long, and squad depth will play an important role in how far we go as a club.

Our preseason tour of the USA will give Arteta a clear view of what his team will look like and the positions that need to be improved on.

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  1. Still wondering why we desperately need more defender when our midfield is still very weak.

    Maybe Arteta don’t want saliba to return. Or may he wants to sell Gabriel to Juve. Something is not clear

    1. We still need a left back and LCB to compliment Gabriel, Saliba can sort it out with White on the RCB.

      1. Saka,Pepe, ESR,Martinelli,Nelson,Marquinhos are all comfortable playing wide, yet you suggest we need wingers?In addition the talented Vieira has also played there.With regard to Matviyenko, he is a very solid , reliable LCB who is also comfortable at LAB or LB.Performed very well against Scotland at Hampden Park recently as did the entire Ukranian side.

      1. @Mrcool We’ve got Elneny, Partey , Xhaka, Fabio Viera, Lokonga, Odegaard, Smith Rowe, Torreira; 8 f***kin’ midfielders isn’t enough?!😲

  2. 40 mill for Martinez, 55mill for Raphinha. Like really? We buy far too high and sell far too low. Hopefully the pursuit of Martinez is well and truly over. We don’t need any more midfielders/strikers after getting Jesus, Marquinos and Vieira unless we are selling Saka 90mill ESR 75mill Nelson 30mill Niles 45mill Pepe 45mill Lokonga 25mill or Partey 40mill. Besides Why don’t we have an academy LB ready to step up for free?

  3. I’d go for Frankfurt’s Evan Nickita. He’d be a good support for Gabriel and Tierney

  4. I’d go for Frankfurt.s Evan Nickita. Should be a very good support for Gabriel and Tierney

  5. For me, our need lies in the forward department. We need wingers, pls! I honestly can’t understand our pursuit of Paqueta; it just doesn’t make any sense to me. If Saka and Marty get injured, it is definitely finished for Arsenal, no doubt. I repeat, we need wingers!😲

  6. I have a feeling Arsenal wants to sell Gabriel,our best defender. If Arteta approves this then he should go too.Our mildfield needs more.We lack quality there.I am desperate for Paqueta to sign.

    1. Why do we need Paqueta? He is a left-footed attacking midfielders and we have not one but TWO players like that already. Meanwhile the only midfielders we have that can defend if we’re going to play a 4-3-3 is Xhaka and Elneny since Partey probably won’t play until everything’s cleared up (or else he will never play again). So why do need more attacking players? Should we put Odegaard on the bench? And why did we get Vieira if they want Paqueta? It must be the worst scouting I’ve ever since if we end up buying both since we’ve then spent £34m on a player that won’t even be near our starting XI

  7. We were heavily linked with him two years ago. Either him or Zinchenko would be good alternatives to Martinez. Doubt they would cost as much as him too.

    1. I like Zinchenko personally.

      1. PL experience with good results
      2. Can play as LB and LWB
      3. Can also play as CM
      4. Cost less than a mugging with Martinez

      I think he is a good player, maybe can even compete for starts. His versatility plus PL experience will pay dividends, love to see him join.

  8. Arsenal needs to get Matviyenko or which ever players they want quickly…no need waste time on a player who might not come or who don’t want to..neither must Arsenal waste time on players who demand very high salaries or play for the money…..I’d prefer players from the academy but we don’t have a mature enough kid yet for the LB position so buy a good LB..a good DM and promote the kids

  9. Calvin Bassey of Rangers would be a good addition. Boy can play LB, LCB perfectly and is home grown. Why search too far away when we have the right quality player around?

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