Is this England international the perfect defensive backup for Arsenal?

In four games without William Saliba, Arsenal has conceded 11 goals. Without the Frenchman, their defence is nothing, which is dangerous. Arteta must, in the summer, make sure he gets his central defence in order.

Jakub Kiwior needs to be given chances to step up, and to show why Arsenal did everything to sign him. With the left side of the defence sorted, the right side needs to be sorted. William Saliba has proven his class when fit, but it’s not fair that Arsenal’s defence is struggling like that without him despite Rob Holding looking solid enough as his backup

Rob Holding, who’s been filling in for him when he’s unavailable, has shown he can’t be trusted. Arsenal needs to move on from him. And the Daily Mail claims Arteta has already identified who he wants to sign as a capable backup to Saliba.

Crystal Palace Marc Guehi has emerged as a defensive transfer option for Arsenal. The former Blue has been outstanding in Crystal Palace’s colours in the Premier League. Palace’s not being in the relegation race can be attributed to how solid Guehi and Joachim Anderson have been in their central defence.

The England international has been dependable for the Eagles; since joining them in 2021, he has managed 78 appearances, and this season, he has raked in 33. Arsenal may have to get him at a premium, considering he still has about three years until the end of his current deal at Selhurst Park.

The 22-year-old would no doubt be raring to go were he to join Arsenal, considering his experience playing in the Premier League. With Guehi, do you think the uncertainty about Arsenal’s defence will be a thing of the past?

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  1. We already have 2 left footed centre backs in Gabriel and Kiwior so why would we need another?In Saliba,White, Tomi and Holding we have 4 right footed players who have all played at right centre back during their careers so again ,do we need another CB?What we need is a quality, attacking right back and a dedicated DM.Guehi is a very decent player but we do not need him unless Arteta is contemplating selling Gabriel which I very much doubt despite my personal reservations about him.

    1. Add a left back to the list as most likely KT will be leaving for Newcastle and OZ is not a left back and then who plays there Tavares??? OZ just watched Madueke run past him and score yesterday.
      Hope he can play against Newcastle as he will play well as an audition to the transfer for AFC to hopefully get points whether the transfer happens or not.

      1. I stand corrected Joe, he is indeed right footed but plays as a left centre back.

        1. Yep, that´s very true. Arteta has a habbit for always playing right footed defenders on the right side and left footed on the left. Extremely rearly does he alter his system. I feel Guehi, as well as Kiwior and Tomyasu are all able to play on both sides. It would be interesting to see (if we indeed sign Marc Guehi) on which side Arteta would actualle use him.

          And speaking of centre-halves, I would play Tomyasu as one next season. He has been playin left centre-half for the Japanese national team very well. Perhaps he would have less injuries playing centre-half versus playing full-back.

          Anyhow, I feel, we still need one good centre-half for next season. After all, we will be playing in UEFA Champions league.

  2. No the Croatian International is the real McCoy.

    Arsenal need the young and lively Sutalo to solidify things at the back for us, he reads the dangers well and will off his line in a flash.

  3. Kiwior is like Saliba but more left footed and from watching last night, a more than able back up, in fact he looked damn good.

  4. We need a proven defender and a defensive midfieder, caicedo or rice , in central defense we need a massive guy

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