Ornstein confirms Arsenal going flat out for South American defender (plus video)

The Arsenal transfer rumours are flying in thick and fast at the moment. We are currently waiting for official confirmation of Matt Turner from New England Revolution and Fabio Vieira from Porto.

Gabriel Jesus is rumoured to be close to an agreement, and it would appear our South American contingent is going to increased once again by the addition of the Argentine defender Lisandro Martinez from Ajax. yet again, the LB/LCB is only 24 years old so is perfect for the project, and he comes with vast Eredvisie and Champions League experience, and plays for the Argentine national team.

He is mooted as the much-needed backup to Kieran Tierney, who misses half of every season, but can also play as DM or centre-back if needed. The perfect veratile player that Arteta likes to have around.

David Ornstein in the Athletic has revealed that Arsenal have already tried a bid of around €30million for the Argentina international, but it’s been turned down by Ajax, but the Gunners have not given up on making a deal just yet, especially as he would be an integral part of Arteta’s jigsaw next season.

Despite the rumours, I doubt very much that Tavares will be going out on loan, as we are likely to see him play in the Europa League to keep fit in case we get another glut of injuries during the campaign.

Check out Lisandro’s skills here…..

The Arsenal transfer window is shaping up nicely in my eyes….

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  1. “the transfer window is shaping-up nicely in my eyes…”

    spot on. agree 100%

    all those doom laden fans who were moaning and groaning only a week ago can put away their suicide kits and buy an Arsenal shirt instead!!!

      1. We have signed an unknown Portuguese player for 40 million and a young Brazilian for the future .

        Regarding Martinez –

        Apparently ten hag as passed on him ,seeing he was his manager last season you have to wonder why .

        “If Ten Hag really wants him, It would be now. Maybe if Man United are a bit off this one, then maybe they’re not 100 per cent sure.”

        Apparently he’s very versatile in that he can play in MF but is suspect defensive wise but plays out well from the back (white anyone )

        Regarding Jesus

        Yes he will improve us but spending 50 million pound on another small forward with 12 months left on his contract seems abit desperate .
        Do fans think he’s coming here because he believe we play good attacking forward or is he just coming for the massive contract he will get and an easy time with no expectations.

        All in all we’ve signed 2 players and maybe 2 more so to suggest it’s coming along nicely is getting ahead of your self .

        Telling that the new resident child poster agreed with you .

  2. An excellent , versatile , left footer who is quick and has very good positional sense.At 5ft 9″ he does not have the physique of most centre backs in the Premier League but he would fit in very well as a left CB, or at LB or as a DM.Would be a very worthwhile acquisition.

      1. Thanks Jo and Jon.The next few weeks will be very important for our Club, not only in terms of acquisitions but in unloading players who are not of the calibre we require.

  3. Gabriel £27m
    Saliba £27m
    White £50m
    Holding free
    Lisandro around £35m
    Mari £10m

    Total about £150m
    All defenders

    Where is the CM we need?
    Where is the CF we need?

    We just spent €40m on Ødegaard’s position. We’re spending another €40m on another defender. While I don’t see these as bad acquisitions in any way, I do feel that a striker is more pressing. We don’t need a Gabriel Jesus (he’s shorter than Nketiah). We need someone tall and physical. Osimhen comes to mind. Unless there’s more money to spend than we can comprehend, I think we’re spending our budget on non-priority positions.

    1. How on earth is the transfer window shaping up well, when we haven’t sorted our midfield and our strike force. Plus the defence wasn’t exactly water tight. Agree.

      1. Reggie, rumour circulating concerning a possible move by Man City for Tierney.Take this with a pinch of salt, but with the doubts concerning the future of Tavares, I can understand why signing Martinez may be rather important.

        1. Grandad, i dont think the future of Tavares is in doubt, it is Tierneys that realistically is the problem. Tierney is no good to anyone on the treatment table. Tavares will be in the Arsenal squad next season.

    2. It just seems like CB is always a priority for MA (Mari, Gabriel, white and Luiz all signed since he took over?) – I too would prefer to see the bigger moves coming in for the CM and CF positions.
      This player does look interesting, though.

  4. I think if he signs then Holding will go.

    Holding has been decent for us but does not quite fit the Arteta plan for playing out from the back.

    Plus mid table premier league sides will pay a good price for a reliable experience CB.

    Lisandro fits the plan better and can cover other positions

    1. Not necessarily, being in the EUL+ Carabao and Fa cup added to the fact there is a world cup mid season which has resulted in fixture congestion in certain months and possible injuries( Gabriel and White was struggling towards the end of the season) means that having 5 CB’S is probably needed, I don’t think 4 would be enough when you consider all those things.

  5. My wishlist, all things considered. Since we missed out on Bissouma, and Neves to expensive, Sangare, Doucoure as we should sell Xhaka and send Lokonga to France on loan, as it look like Frane is the factory of DM’s. Tielemans is a must have. We should really go for Scamacca as we need a target man. There is always other CF’s that should make an instant impact, like Immobile, Schick, Toney. If we can’t get Jesus, who was never your 20 goal striker we can still get decent strikers out there.

  6. It’s the two negative stats that worry me:

    Injury Prone: 3/10

    And “Height”.

    If he’s intended as a LB then height may not be a major issue. But an injury-prone defender to cover for another injury-prone defender… what could possibly go wrong?

    1. I could be wrong but generally I think cbs that short are usually very, very good (cordoba and canavaro come to mind) because if they weren’t, they would never play cb

  7. Romano and Ornstein.
    So connected to Arsenal but had no clue about the bid for Vieira.
    Vieira is an exciting signing and Marquinhos is a fantastic young talent.
    Lisandro is a physical defender – something Arsenal have struggled with at times – the physicality of the Premiership.
    It will be interesting to see what happens but I tend to ignore Romano and Ornstein because they are certainly not “connected”

  8. I think there is a very strong possibility of this deal happening as Arteta probably sees it as covering off 3 positions of need in his eyes whilst still having funds available for maybe a bigger type signing like Raphina.

    1. While I would certainly welcome this signing, I can’t understand why we can’t use Torreira when we need to close out a game.

  9. Hey kid in a grocery store,what’s ten haag gonna do with martinez when he already has maguire,varane and lindelof in his plans plus he’s trying to bring timber to make it four CB’s and don’t tell me you live in jesus’ head to know he is coming to us just for the money cos last time i checked he’s looking for a regular gametime which he knows he won’t get in a city team that contains haaland and co.plus we might end up getting him in a lower fee than reported.

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