Arsenal reported to want defender from a team that conceded 70 goals

The Arsenal defence has rightfully been ripped to shreds this season for conceding 51 goals in 38 Premier League games, so what do you do in that situation?

You strengthen the defence and according to the latest transfer gossip that is what Arsenal are hoping to do with Stuttgart defender Ozan Kabak.

But, of course, questions will be asked whether signing a 19-year-old defender that was part of a team that conceded a whopping 70 goals in 34 Bundesliga games is the wisest of moves.

Well, it may well just be despite the horrendous amount of goals that relegated Stuttgart conceded.

The young Turkish international only played in 15 of those 34 games scoring three goals, not a bad return for a defender and he is wanted by not just us but also Tottenham, Bayern Munich and Manchester United, so he must have something about him.

It is also being reported that he has a release clause of £13.2 Million, a fee that we can certainly pay from our reduced transfer budget.

So, even though he was part of a team that conceded more than two goals per game for an entire season the reality is that he is a teenage international that is available for a very reduced fee wanted by some of Europe’s top clubs that was only a bit part player in his side’s relegation.

When you look at it like that it does make it quite exciting that we are being linked with his signature.


  1. S says:

    Didn’t we get Holding from a relegated club as well?

  2. gotanidea says:

    Three goals from fifteen league appearances is impressive for a young CB and the release clause is a real bargain too

    However, Arsenal should learn from Mustafi’s case that also came from the relegation-zone Valencia at that time

    They must assess the errors committed and the goals conceded by that boy, which I bet would expose his erratic behaviour and bad decisions. Mustafi had excellent defending stats as well, which hid his mistakes that made Valencia almost relegated

    1. GunneRay says:

      Hehehe, Mustafi is your prime example!.. Sounds to me like Ozan Kabak would fit right in at Arsenal though. Our defenders love to push up to score goals and get suckered on the counter-attack!!

      Welcome to Arsenal!!!

  3. ansar says:

    I think rather than going for statistics the scouts and coaches should actually watch these players play ,, if they cant afford it cause seemingly arsenal are being run like a club going to be bankrupt soon , they should atleast ask the scouts to make extensive video analysis,, if they dont even have time for that , they can request fanatics like us to watch and give recommendations (J.K) … arsenal’s hiring has been very poor recently ,, I can still pick a lot of players from premier league that can result in getting better results for us…
    apart from all the above stuff ,, i personally think arsenal should get rid of unai emery the sooner the better…..

  4. Patrick_G says:

    We need a leader, someone who can be a defender first and a Captain on the pitch/dressing room.

    We need someone who is experienced.

    Lewis Dunk is an option.

    Looks better than what we have.

    1. gotanidea says:

      The captain/ leader should be someone that has been playing for several seasons at Arsenal and respected by his teammates due to his seniority/ achievements at the club

      If Koscielny and Monreal leave, the next candidates for captaincy would be Xhaka and Ozil, because they have been serving the club for years, got three FA Cups and did not make as many silly mistakes as Mustafi

      For that reason, I believe Koscielny would be retained. He has lost his pace, but he could play as a sweeping CB which doesn’t rely on high pace too much

  5. ForeverGooner says:

    I agree with above. We need a leader like Tony Adams, Martin Keown and Sol Campbell were.
    Our Squad lacks leadership

    1. Tommogun58 says:

      We definitely lack leadership and have done since Vierra,he and the players you mentioned were true never say die leaders who fought for every ball and were not scared to grab hold of someone not putting in the effort, sadly we have nobody that can touch these players or even come close, Emery has to make this a priority, yes we will have to use youth next season because you have to start somewhere and so the aquisition of a real tough and experienced pro is even more important .

  6. Badenglish says:

    He is very good.

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