There is no doubt that with the additions of Lacazette, Aubameyang and Mhkitaryan during the campaign that just ended means that Arsenal now have an awesome front line that should score oodles of goals next season, but that will mean nothing if we continue to leak stupid goals due to our ageing and semi-competent back line.
So it must obviously be our priority this summer to bring in major improvements in that area and everyone is predicting that our first summer signing will be the Freiberg centre.back Caglar Soyuncu, since his old boss at Turkish side Altinordu, Seyit Mehmet Ozkan, told reporters: “Caglar Soyuncu is set to join Arsenal. Arsenal made an enquiry about his time at the club. Of course, we would make a cut from the transfer if he joins Arsenal. Bayern Munich also want him but he’s on the way to the Premier League.”
He looks like a value buy if we can get him for £35 million, and it will be even better if we can go back for Jonny Evans from West Brom. We tried to get him in January but wouldn’t pay the fee and now he is reportedly available for a cut-price fee of £3 million. That is worth it even if he only plays for one season!
We are also being linked with another very experienced centre back Sokratis Papastathopoulos, from Dortmund, who has been linked with the Gunners on many occasions in the last couple of transfer windows, and the Greek international will come at a much cheaper price than we were quoted for Jonny Evans in January.
It would appear that we could acquire Sokratis for just 20million GBP, which is quite a good price even though he is now 29 years old as defenders seem to mature with age, and he could keep performing at a high level for another 2 or 3 years while we build back up our defensive options.
Surely if we have those three next season, joined by Chambers, Holding and Mavropanos, we could have more than enough options, and we couldtry and sell Mustafi to get some of our cash back?