It has been widely reported that Arsenal are keen on upgrading our leaky defence, and one of the names repeatedly linked with the Gunners is the young French international Benjiman Parvard, who is currently with the France national side getting ready to do battle at the World Cup.
The 22 year-old can play as centre-back on right-back and has had a great season in the Bundesliga with Stuttgart and it has even been reported that Arsenal have approached the Bundesliga side and he is very keen to join Arsenal.
But now it is looking extremely unlikely that he will be coming to North London this summer, as the Stuttgart sporting director Michael Reschke has made a clear statement that he will be remaining in Germany for the forseeable future, and in fact his club have not received any offers for the Frenchman. Reschke said: “I am very relaxed about that. The statements he made are absolutely fine. That’s the manner in which we have held our talks. He had an exceptional season for VfB and it’s clear that he is in the focus on the international top-clubs.
“We are in constant exchanges with Benji and his agent and we are well aware of what’s going on.
“In extending his contract, we naturally spoke about his career planning. We’ve discussed the national team, the Champions League and that it’s our mutual focus to have him play at VfB next season.
“We expect that to be the case – there have been no offers, no talks with other clubs and there’s no change to the situation.”
So it looks like that is one young defender we can strike off our list, but surely we can’t just be buying older players. Perhaps Soyuncu is top of our list now?