Arsenal’s defender search takes them to Germany

Arsenal has one of the strongest defences in the Premier League now, but they are not resting on their laurels.

Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes have formed an impressive defensive partnership at the club, and it would be hard for another defender to break into the team.

However, the best clubs in the world have depth, which is the reason they keep winning, and Arsenal must do the same to win trophies.

William Saliba will return to the club in the summer, but they are still searching for new defenders.

Sports Bild, as reported by Sport Witness, claims Arsenal has an interest in Borussia Dortmund’s Manuel Akanji.

The Swiss defender is entering the final year of his current deal at the club, and he has been unwilling to sign an extension.

BVB will now look to cash in on him in the summer, and they have secured the signing of at least two new defenders already.

The report claims several clubs are showing interest in his signature, and one of them is Arsenal.

Just Arsenal Opinion

Having White, Saliba, Rob Holding, Akanji and Gabriel in our squad next season will mean we are well covered at the back.

The BVB man has a lot of experience in domestic and European football, which makes him a very attractive player.

Adding him to our squad will not be too expensive, considering his contract situation.

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  1. How old is Manuel Akanji anyway? I don’t know if he falls in the young age of 22-23 year old bracket of Arteta’s recruitment project that is ongoing at Arsenal. Which he kick-started at the club during the last summer transfer window when the club recruited 6 new young players. And he looks he could continue with this his new young top quality players recruitment policy for Arsenal during the next summer transfer window. I so perceived.

    At any rate, let me implore the sundry of the Arsenal supporters to exercise a little patience for Arsenal as it’s concerned their next summer window transfers till the window is opened.

    Because at this dtage in the run-in to the season which has Arsenal left with 4 crucial matches to play. Arsenal are therefore focusing and seriously concentrating fully on playing those 4 matches first. Before they will attend to any other thing that comes. For, as things currently stand at the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal are yet to switch ON to next summer transfer window until after the season has closed.

  2. Dortmund are shocking at defending! No thank you!!!

    We are fully stocked with CB’s anyway

  3. With Saliba coming back, do we surely need another CB?
    Saliba, White, Gabriel and Holding. In defence I think we only need a versatile RB who can also play in LB like Cancelo is for City that’s all.

    Midfield (2)
    CF (2)
    Wing back (1)

  4. 5 defenders are too many! If Saliba returns we will have 4 good CBs with a fair chance of game time. I think we should focus instead on a Left Back. Tavares is nowhere near Premier League quality.

  5. we also have the 6’4” Auston Trusty coming in in the summer, who i would have thought would be cover for big Gabby.

    so unless we’re selling Holding I dont see why we would be buying another CB with already having ( right now atleast) Holding, WHite, Saliba, Gabby and Trusty for next season.

    I can only see us signing another CB if one of those will be on the move

    1. Trusty will be sent out on loan to a European team. I doubt he will ever play for us….

      “Trusty, 23, will stay with the Colorado Rapids until at least the end of the Premier League season in May,” read Arsenal’s statement.

      “The intention then is to loan him in Europe for the 2022/23 season to further progress his development.”

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