Latest update on Arsenal’s pursuit of Serie A central defender

Arsenal are very keen on signing a central defender before the transfer window shuts in under a week but it is unlikely to be Dani Rugani of Juventus.

According to Charlie Watts at, Arsenal tabled an offer for the 25-year-old on a two-year loan deal but the approach was rejected by the Italian Champions.

On top of that, Rugani himself is said not to be interested in leaving Turin and wants to stay and fight for a first-team place.

So, unless there is a dramatic change of heart by both Juve and Rugani, Arsenal will have to start looking elsewhere for a centre-half.

While it is disappointing that this particular deal is unlikely to happen it is positive that the club is making an effort to address the weakest part of the team.

Arsenal now possess one of the most formidable forward lines in the Premier League, they have also strengthened the midfield area but the defence continues to be a huge cause for concern.

There are high hopes that a deal for Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney will be concluded this week so to some extent, the backline will be stronger than last season but Tierney is not enough.

There is still time for Arsenal to land a central defender and I am confident that they will.


  1. USGunner says:

    Pepe, Guendouzi, and Saliba. All young and French. Wenger must be licking his lips!

    1. Titus says:

      Pepe is an African not French

      1. Kenny Rolfe says:

        Born in france to Ivorian parents

        1. Ronche says:

          Still an African Kenny Rolfe. He plays for the ivory coast?

          1. Jo Gunz says:

            French by birth ?

          2. Kenny Rolfe says:

            French nationality but plays for the Ivory Coast due to his parentage

    2. Knight says:

      em,Pepe is from Cote-de-ivore

  2. Adajim says:

    This is an indication, we may see cb arrival

    1. gotanidea says:

      If the new CB is a deadwood that was benched because he made a lot of errors like Mustafi, then it’s better not to loan that deadwood. Better buy a first team CB that made less errors or not at all

      Mustafi, Sokratis and Chambers look unfit to be our main CBs, but at least they have been playing for Arsenal in several years and they know each other well

      As long as the new defender coach can drill them better with offside trap tactics, I think we would be fine

  3. gotanidea says:

    If we can sell Mustafi, we would have enough money to get a high profile CB. Otherwise we can only loan a fringe CB that might be more error prone than Mustafi or perhaps more hot-headed than Sokratis

    I still believe that the main problem is our inability to dominate the game and control the tempo, which eventually burdened our defenders in away games

    Xhaka has been trying with his best efforts to replace Cazorla as the deep lying playmaker and he failed. We need a more technically gifted playmaker that can work well in tight spaces and I hope Ceballos or Willock could be the one

    1. Francis says:

      Arsenal can only bring one more non home grown player and that will most likely be Tierney…so the sale of Mustafi or Kos is required to bring further non home grown players to Arsenal

      1. gotanidea says:

        I thought Scottish are also considered as homegrown

        If that’s the case, Arsenal have to get a senior homegrown CB from an EPL club

        1. Francis says:

          I read somewhere that Scottish are not considered home grown

    2. Aj says:

      I think cebalos will be our new cazorla

  4. Thabani Gumbo says:

    Is it possible to have KT from Celtic with an injury,how do you pass a medical with an injury? Somebody kindly enlighten me, could this be why there is a delay in this particular transfer?
    I’m new in this forum,

    1. Adajim says:

      You are welcome.
      Kim kalstrom was injured when he came to arsenal, and he pass medical

      1. Sanmi.Marvellous says:

        Amauri Bischof was signed on treatment table and left Arsenal via treatment table.

  5. Nikhilesh says:

    Am i the only one who feels that it is Manure who is destroying the transfer market at the moment than Mancity or Chelsea by paying exorbitant fees and salaries

    1. Agu Emen says:

      All the top 10 are paying stupid money for transfers.

    2. Adajim says:

      Its not new, though, man utd used to be active in the market each summer esp since fingerson left, just that they have not been buying smart. Fingers cross, lets see how it goes, if they could buy Eriksen man utd team will be so formidable

      1. Adajim says:

        Oh! I mean ferguson

  6. Goonster says:

    Are we looking for an actual class CB that is better than what we already have or we are looking for just a CB for the sake of it? These dead bargains / loans / that are bench options for other clubs are going to cause the same resentment like the likes of Mustafi or Sokratis etc.

    Let’s not sign players just for the sake of it (Denis Suarez) etc.
    Are they going to improve us?

    1. towny254 says:

      DUNK from Brighton is the answer

      1. Skills1000 says:

        I agree with you. Let us sign Dunk. He is tough and has EPL experience. We could bid 30m pounds for him.

  7. lol says:

    Keep him Juve. Got a feeling he’s around Mustafi’s level

  8. Brainbox says:

    I think we all know that arsenal aren’t getting a new center back. The best we can do is to get Tierney before the window shuts.

    1. Adajim says:

      no we all know arsenal is in the market for a new CB, of course EXCEPT you.
      Rugani isnt the only cb we could get, if he is not willing to come thousand others are dreaming of the offer, so ,its time to explore more option, i hope we look at EPL club for option

  9. Peter Allan says:

    Why have we not gone for Dunk of Brighton, who is now going to Leicester?

  10. Sean Williams says:

    I do hope we get Daniele Rugani. Without a solid CB Emery will sometines play Mustafi. We all know what that means. Without a big strong CB we will ship goals again. Just a fact. We have a week to sort our defence out. I am overjoyed by signing Pepe, but a LFB and CB are urgent if we want to cut down in the goals gainst column. That will determine where we finish this season. Lets prove ignoramuses like Michael Owen wrong.

  11. APANGU IDDI AMIN says:

    Our problem lies in offloading the two Mustafi and Koscienly which if done can give us lee way of signing new CB who can fix the problem.

  12. Sonix says:

    Having closely watched Rugani for some time in the serie A, I believe for certain he is not better than Mustafi going by his performances this past season or before that. Though he possesses a better physical presence and commanding in aerial duels, but he is a bit lacking in the playing from the back thing coupled with his slow pace.
    We’ll only be exchanging a player with the quality the other lacks and vice versa. Would rather we get a center back with a considerable all round attribute but taller than Mustafi.
    Suspect this may not come cheap though.

  13. Chall226 says:

    Does anyone else think that Tierney coming in on the left can actually settle our cbs a bit? Nacho can then be used as a cb where his decreasing pace and stamina wouldn’t be as negative and with his good heading ability, leaping, and decent height (6’ I believe) he can be the “safe” cb allowing sokratis to play his normal more ambitious game. Strong passing out of the back from them both, and due to age it’ll be perfect for holding to come back at his own pace and then easily fit back in. Mustafi has been a shamble at cb the last year and a half or so but due to his personal records I’d imagine we easily get 15-20 mill off him, if the boss is off too that’s another 10-20, and we flip that 25-40mill on one cb, hopefully they take over that cb spot/compete to have it be theirs with sok and holding and nacho. I remember Sczezny being a golden glove winner (well, tied with cech) with a similar pairing of cb style, and Leno the modern sweeper keeper allows for even more freedom for nacho and the others to play that style

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