If Arsenal have agreed to sign Ndicka, who will he replace?

If I was to predict who Arsenal would be signing next summer, one of the last things I would expect is for Arteta to be bringing in another top class centre-back, but according to the Roma-based IlRomanista, that is definitely going to happen.

In an article discussing the future of the Roma defenders, they report that the Italian giants have been trying to do a deal for the Frankfurt centre-back Evan Ndicka, who is out of contract this coming summer and has been linked with both Tottenham and Newcastle, has already made a deal to join Arteta’s project and will not listen to other offers.

Their report states: Roma, making an economic effort, had thought of trying to bring him to the Giallorossi in the next transfer market in January, but the player let it be known (barring indecent offers that cannot be ruled out) that he intends to reach the natural deadline for contact with Eintracht to then check who offers the most.

And this is not good news for the Giallorossi club. Indeed, bad. Because for what we have managed to find out with more than reasonable certainty, the emerging French central defender has already reached an agreement with Arsenal for June. And this means that Ndicka will hardly wear the Giallorossi next season.

Ndicka has obviously impressed many big clubs, and considering he is only 23 but has over 100 games for Franfurt under his belt, he is the perfect profile to join Arteta’s project, And as a free agent he is even more attractive!

But if he did come to Arsenal, who wold he replace next season?

Our current centre-backs are:

Gabriel – who has been closely linked with a move away from Arsenal a few times…

William Saliba – Who will not be replaced unless he doesn’t sign a new contract…

Rob Holding – Our backup who I believe has just signed a new contract…

Ben White – who has transformed into a right-back but can always play in the middle…

If this rumour is true, who do you think will be leaving?


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  1. If I am not mistaken, Fabrizio Romano has already stated that Real Madrid have reached an agreement with him.

  2. Imho he would replace Rob Holding and be competition for Gabriel. Next season defensive options:
    RB: Tomiyasu Norton Cuffy
    RCB: White Saliba
    LCB: Gabriel N’dicka
    LB: Zinchenko Tierney

  3. If this report is true, it would be a proactive move on Arsenal part.
    It would signal a new approach from Arsenal an aggressive approach in the market going forward.

    This kind of approach though unique to Arsenal, is not rare at big football clubs, Juventus, Real Madrid and a host of other competitive clubs does this kind of stuff.

    One could argue we have other areas of priorities, but that dosen’t stop us from perusing our main targets., it would have zero effect on new signing coming in January.

    I sanction this kind of aggression, have long call for us to use up the precontract agreements there is even calls the gentleman agreement, though that is more like a paper door.

  4. I don’t think Evan Ndicka will replace any of the 3 current centrebacks at the Arsenal defens-line if Arsenal sing him next month.
    Arsenal has been 1 centreback short since Arteta reassigned Ben White to the right-fullback position in the team after Saliba who plays as a CB was integrated into the team.
    Before the break for the ongoing World Cup, Arsenal have been fortunate to see none of their 3CBs of: Saliba, Gabriel and Holding not get sidelined with injury during the 14 Epl games they played before the Epl went on a time-out for the WC. For, the trio Arsenal centrebacks have always been available for selection during this period.
    Though Ben White can play as centreback in the team where he started from. But since he was reassigned to the right-fullback position, he has more or less made the RB his permanent place in the team. For, he has ever since been playing more efficiently at RB than when he was at centreback.
    So therefore, the signing of Ndicka by Arsenal if they do it next Jan transfer window I suppose but not next summer,. Will increase the desired centreback depth needed at the heart of the Arsenal defense-line to safeguard against any eventuality that may happen at the heart of the Arsenal defense when Epl playing is unpaused.
    But is Arsenal RB position not overloaded with playing personnel manning the position? Ben White, Tomiyasu and Cedric. And will Arsenal sign Ndika and use him as replacement to Cedric? Well, I really don’t know.

  5. Fantastic move.

    He’s left-footed CB so he will rotate with Gabriel. Although Ndicka can be a great CB as well so if a mammoth offer would come in for Gabriel, we would be already covered in that position.

    Saliba, Holding will stay at RCB and White as RB. Tomi is so versatile he can play anywhere in the defense to be honest.

  6. Too many “IFs” to make any predictions about what could possibly happen. Let’s wait until we see him in our colors before the back slapping and celebrations. We have been here too many times to start planning position and depth changes without anything concrete.

  7. Looked up his clips and I must admit I was left fairly impressed by him. He reminded me a little bit of a young P Vieira although at CB. He stops players dead in their tracks with his gangly physique/legs working well for him.

    He will get a shot to impress and stay on the first team when Gabriel has one of his red moments, also if he is the better player at passing, as well as beating the press, then he could see himself staying in the first team. This would be more good competition at the back. Looks like a solid signing if it is indeed us who won his signature

  8. I’ll wait for a better soruce than this one since i’ve never heard of this outlet. He’s got a decent reputation though and is a big guy. Would be great to sort of a LCB for free and focus on other areas in the summer.

  9. Il Romanista? “If this rumour is true who do we think will be leaving?”
    Does anyone, apart from me know how many JA reported rumours prove true?!!

  10. As qualification for next season’s UCL is looking likely… Quality and strength in depth is needed. Period.

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