Is there any truth to the rumours of Arsenal’s Nahuel Molina interest? (Opinion)

Arsenal are claimed to be interested in a deal to sign Nahuel Molina from Udinese this summer, but I’m struggling to understand why we would be.

The Argentine is a regular for the Serie A side, notching up eight goals from his 30 outings this season whilst operating predominantly at wing-back, but there is very little to be impressed by other than his goal tally.

We don’t appear to have any intention of playing with a back five in the long-term, nor do I rate his chances of filling in at right-back or on the right of our midfield ahead of our current options.

I suspect the interest, which was reported by Il Messaggero Veneto, likely stems from the fact that Pablo Mari is currently on loan from Arsenal, and either the club or journalists have looked at that and thought ‘who could he be swapped with?’.

At 24 years-old, he could well meet the transfer policy we currently operate if someone has seen some potential in him, but I’m hoping that this is just another nothing story that goes nowhere personally.

Do you think it is more likely that our scouts have been tasked at looking to find a potential swap deal for Pablo Mari, or is it more likely that the journalists were the ones who went looking for the easy story?

Patrick

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21 Comments

  1. A 24-year old Argentinian international with fifteen caps, whose contract will only expire in 2026. He’s going to cost a fortune and not a homegrown either

    The Djed Spence rumor makes more sense than Molina. Zak Swanson is waiting for his promotion next season and Bellerin is returning

    1. Gai Bellerin is becoming old and won’t suit premier league physicality again. I wish Djed Spence can be done that boy has talent or we go for Nowitch Aron. I also read Nahuel Molina not really good defensively though OK attacking wise.

      1. Yes, Bellerin is 27 and I believe his injuries have badly affected his performances. I think Max Aarons is too short and the oppositions could target his aerial weakness as Chelsea did to Bellerin/ Soares

  2. Rather keep Cedric one more year and have our youngsters serve another year out on loan.

    Afterwards they can fill in the backup RB spot.

    No need to spend valuable funds, and promoting youth inspires others coming up through the academy.

    1. Yeah a reasonable option. But should we be in the top4 next season, Arsenal would want more quality established players to represent in Champions league. The academic players can be sent on loan for more experience like ESR, Nkethia, Salina etc they can also be used for cup competition.

      1. Fair points, also Arteta may need to be flexible with 2 or 3 CB’s at the back, and whether we use fullbacks or wingbacks in the formation; especially if we get into the CL.

  3. ARSENAL TRANSFER BUSINESS SUMMER 2022:

    INCOMINGS:

    GK – Matt Turner – 27yrs – £5mil
    RB – Djen Spence – 21 yrs – £3mil
    CB – Saliba – 21 yrs – FREE
    CDM – Douglas Ruiz – 23 yrs – £25mil
    CM – Danilo (Palmeiras) – 21 yrs – £20mil
    LW – Cody Gakpo – 22 yrs – £35mil
    ST/RW – Gabriel Jesus – 25 yrs – £30mil
    ST – Darwin Nunez – 22 yrs – £65mil

    TOTAL SPEND = £183mil

    OUTGOINGS:

    Lucas Torreira £12mil
    Matteo Guedounzi £8mil
    Nicolas Pepe £25mil
    Hector Bellerin £12mil
    Ainsley Maitland-Niles £10mil
    Bernd Leno £10mil
    Cedric Soares £3mil
    Pablo Mari £5mil
    Reiss Nelson £3mil
    Konstantinos Mavropanos £3mil
    Runar Alex Runarsson £1mil
    Alexandre Lacazette FREE
    Mohamed El Neny FREE
    Eddie Nketiah FREE

    TOTAL SALES = £92mil

    NET SPEND = £91mil

    SQUAD:

    FORWARDS:
    Darwin Nunez
    Gabriel Jesus
    Gabriel Martinelli
    Cody Gakpo
    Bukayo Saka

    MIDFIELDERS:
    Martin Odegaard
    Emile Smith-Rowe
    Granit Xhaka
    Thomas Partey
    Danilo dos Santos de Oliviera
    Douglas Luiz
    Albert Sambi Lokonga

    DEFENDERS:
    Kieran Tierney
    Nuno Tavares
    Gabriel Magalhaes
    Ben White
    William Saliba
    Rob Holding
    Takehiro Tomiyasu
    Djen Spence

    GOALKEEPERS:
    Aaron Ramsdale
    Matt Turner
    Arthur Okonkwo

    PLUS 2 OTHER ACADEMY PROSOECTS

    1. Great but few omissions though
      Darwin is injury prone and Douglas Luiz is bang average and not promising
      Darwin – osimhem
      Douglas – de jong (Barca)

      1. @Rey,

        You say Nunez is injury prone and suggest Osimhen to replace him.

        In the past two seasons Nunez has missed 15 games for Benfica. Osimhen has missed 39 games for Napoli.

    2. 2004 Maybe you should apply for Arsenal sporting director.

      The war chest to a tune of £183 mil in the summer sounds realistic.

      Leno will be leaving for free.
      But I understand your enthusiasm, this summer have the hallmark to be one of the most interesting in a decade.

    3. Douglas or Pedr0 Louis?
      There are two Louises at Napoli. Pedro is the DM that Arsenal are tipped to be after
      I’d like us to keep Nketiah it we can

  4. In the coming months we are going to be inundated with stories like this of us being ‘claimed’ to be interested in a player by second rate journos who have no more idea than us who we really are interested in. Better to just sit back and let it all go over your head.

  5. dont need alot of changes but need quality upgrade in key positions
    saliba back
    xhaka out … de jong in
    nketiah pepe and lacazette out … nunez plus one in
    if cedric leaves will need a right back
    ..

  6. So much depends on the amount of funds available this summer, and what positions Arteta and Edu have targeted.

    For example, we don’t need another attacking midfielder, we have Odegaard and ESR, even Saka can be deployed centrally if need be.

    We need a dynamic, fluid, pacey, creative striker, and an aerial Plan B striker in my opinion.

    We need a B2B midfielder to replace Xhaka, and a DM, not convinced about ElNeny. maybe even another midfielder depending on how Lokonga progresses.

    Tavares is still a question mark as a FB, but seems far more comfortable as a wingback. Then whether they upgrade on Cedric, or use sparingly over next year.

    1. We bought a defender from the MLS and loaned him back. I believe he’ll join us next season too.
      I wonder why people keep talking about Xhaka been replaced despite his improvement and contribution this season. Xhaka is going nowhere as he is a key leader in the team and we’ll respected. If Lacazette leaves in the summer, keeping Xhaka would be a must.

  7. You are spot on Durand

    Base on the most recent attempt to sign players, that’s exactly where I think the gaffer is heading.
    Yes we definitely need a marquee striker in the Osimhen mould and midfielder in the Geundouzi mould and maybe two depending on surrounding factors.

    Even if the much rumor Jesus arrives, that should not derail an attacking bully type forward.
    Other areas of the team should be easier to address

  8. I think Xhaka and Elneny should and will stay. The reason being we just cannot have all young and new players to man the midfield, experienced players are always an asset. That said, I doubt we will sign both , Nunez and Gabriel Jesus and if we sign either one, I think Nketiah is staying. As for Cedric, I feel he should stay for another year, bring in Spence and give Swanson playing time, so that they can develop for one season after which Cedric can be sold. As for Tavares, if MA plays a 3 man defence with Tavares as LWB, he will be a good proposition but as a LB he is poor defensively. Saliba is surely coming and maybe, just maybe, another defender can be promoted from the Academy, if MA will stick with the 3 man defence system.

    1. agree, would like to get another LB in and just have tavares as a winger/wingback. He’s just not a LB and not adequate backup for a player that usually picks up 1-2 injuries a year.

  9. What i think will happen this summer, Jesus, (Nunez OR Abraham), Ruben Neves, Djed Spence, and I’ll throw in an unknown youngster which Arsenal like to usually do. Probably another midfielder.

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