Although Arsenal fans are still waiting for confirmation on who will be replacing Arsene Wenger as manager, it seems that the triumvirate of Ivan Gazidis, Sven Mislintat and Raul Sanllehi are still going ahead with chasing the transfer targets that they think will be needed for when the new coach takes over.
In January, we saw the arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Mislintat’s old club Borussia Dortmund and his old team-mate Henrik Mhkitaryan, and now it seems that we Mislintat is going back to his old hunting ground to bring in another seasoned veteran from the Bundesliga giants.
Arsenal have been in dire need of defensive reinforcements for a couple of seasons, which has proved by our dismal record this season, and the need has now become even more urgent after the ageing Laurent Koscielny was ruled out until at least the new year after his latest setback.
It is being reported that Mislintat’s next target from Dortmund is the experienced centre back Sokratis Papastathopoulos, who has been linked with the Gunners on many occasions in the last couple of transfer windows, and the Greek international will come at a much cheaper price than we were quoted for the older Jonny Evans in January.
It would appear that we could acquire Sokratis for just 20million GBP, which is quite a good price even though he is now 29 years old as defenders seem to mature with age, and he could keep performing at a high level for another 2 or 3 years while we build back up our defensive options.
Who thinks he would be a good buy for the Gunners?