Ornstein confirms Arsenal in talks with PSG for French midfielder

Considering that Arsenal are in desperate need of a defender, it has come as a bit of surprise that the Gunners are currently talking to Unai Emery’s old club PSG over their 21 year-old midfielder Christopher Nkunku, who has played 46 times for the French Champions. He is also a regular France U21 international.0

This rumour is very likely to be true, as not only has it been revealed by David Ornatein, he has published it on the official BBC website. This is what the article said…..

Arsenal are in talks to sign Paris St-German midfielder Christopher Nkunku.

The 21-year-old France youth international played under Gunners head coach Unai Emery when he was in charge of the French side last season.

But he has featured less frequently since Thomas Tuchel took charge.

Arsenal want to take Nkunku on loan until the end of the season with an option to then buy – but PSG are said to favour extending his contract before sanctioning a loan move.

The Premier League club are attracted by Nkunku’s versatility and view him as a potential successor to Aaron Ramsey, who is set to leave as a free agent next summer.

Although the deal is complex and at an early stage, there is full consensus across the Arsenal hierarchy that it should be pursued.

Although he usually plays in central midfield he is also used as a winger, which is another spot we urgently need filled, so maybe the Gunners have given up trying to prise James Rodriguez from Real Madrid and have switched their attention to Nkunku.

At least Emery will know the youngster very well as he brought him into the PSG first team. So hopefully will be an excellent buy….

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21 Comments

  1. gotanidea says:

    Never saw him play, but Emery surely rates him highly and he is young

    If he is cheap, he might be worth the gamble. But if he is costly, might as well get another proven young player that is more specialized for the wings, like Sarr, Chukwueze, Malcom or Lozano

    1. Lupe says:

      If this is the type of transfer we want to make, i’ll prefer we give smith-rowe and saka the chance instead of begging psg to loan us their youngster. He could be a good player but it’s better to promote from within and save money to buy better players in the summer. For those who have watched nkunku regularly, is he significantly better than smith-rowe and saka because i have only seen him play once.

      1. gotanidea says:

        I agree that Arsenal should have given more chances to their own youngsters, but maybe Nkunku has hidden potential we don’t know, like Jadon Sancho’s

        1. kev says:

          I just can’t believe that we have a player in Ainsley Maitland-Niles up dominated Man Utd’s midfield and even Pogba at times and he’s not been able to get a chance to prove his worth.The painful thing is that this is a club which believes in giving youngsters chances.We will probably buy Nkunku who imo is not better than AMN and May even spend a substantial part of pur budget on a CM while we have a player who if fully and well developed can be the best partner for Lucas Torreira.I just can’t believe it and it’s annoying.I’m sure AMN has ambition and to me he should leave when he has the opportunity because he really is a possible world class CM.

          1. gotanidea says:

            In my opinion, Maitland-Niles is a talented DM, but he has yet showed his abilities as an attacking midfielder

          2. kev says:

            The fact that you seem him as a DM means you also feel he has good defensive ability.However,he’s a powerful box to box player who can complement Torreira very well if given the opportunity.Imagine the two at the base together.It will be far better than the overhyped combo of Torreira-Xhaka or even Torreira-Guendouzi.

  2. Twig says:

    We want proper wingers with trickery and pace…

    Not midfielders who can also play on the wing

    1. Lupe says:

      Exactly, it’s like we’re allergic to wingers at this club. We always seem to go for central attacking midfielders who can maybe play on the wings. Why not try for malcom at barcelona, he is a good winger who isn’t getting a chance and he will be relatively cheaper than other targets due to what barca payed for him and his lack of game time. Thorgan hazard and leon bailey are good options as well but we have no money.

      1. gotanidea says:

        Arsenal seem to want to continue Wenger’s preference in collecting creative midfielders

        Malcom is not going to be cheap, because Barcelona bought him for 40+ millions

      2. kev says:

        Malcom is overhyped and I didn’t even like him at Bordeaux.We must not go for the easy option.What this team lack is an excellent and incisive dribble with good passing and crossing.The winger we go for must be just that else it represents another waste of money considering the fact that if Saka and Amaechi are given the opportunity they can do some amazing things.

  3. Sean Williams says:

    When Arsenal played PSG pre season Nkunku looked way their best player. Would be a good signing. BUT! Because Kroenke now does not need any board permissions, and his nature has always been a ‘Portfolio’ nature, Arsenal will struggle to get him to spend his money. He has a 5 billion dollar project in LA, building a stadium and complex for a future Olympics. He needs an Arsenal who are in the Bllack and not the Red. We are almost an insurance policy in case his American projects fail, and they could. He is often ridiculed in the states and married into money to create his Empire. He is almost a clone of ‘The Donald’ in many ways. Hence he is along with The Donald a Spitting Image type character in the states and ridiculed constantly.

    1. Kilted Gooner says:

      His American franchises have been failures for years.
      Finally he invested a shed load of money into the Rams, moved them to LA and they are one game away from winning the SuperBowl.

      Hopefully he realises you actually need to invest more money in order to compete and become successful…
      Wishful thinking!

      1. jon fox says:

        This ludicrously hyped and cunningly marketed Super Bowl is just a cup final in essence and as such, way inferior to a proper league competition. America knows all about making money and nothing of morals and true value. For evidence,you need look no further than their “President” and the millions who EVEN NOW, AFTER EVERYTHING HE HAS RUINED, STILL support this creep.
        A “World Series” , played between two teams always from only USA. How sick a marketing con is that!

        America is a great country, but deeply split and ruined by gross addiction to obscene wealth and power with little compassion anywhere from those who support Trump.

        That OUR own owner comes from that school of thought and with those false values is our club’s cross to bear, every day our club lives. HE AND HIS ILK ARE A MORTAL PLAGUE ON HUMANITY. UGH!!!

        1. ozziegunner says:

          ?

        2. Durand says:

          A bit harsh to cast Americans in that light aye? Usually we agree Jon, but such a broad generalization surely won’t hold up to scrutiny.

          America is one of the most generous countries in the world, saved Europe from being a German Empire TWICE over, and much more. America far from perfect, but not the corrupt despot you paint either.

          Many nations and people have both good and evil within them, and whichever one searches for, they will most often find it.

          Generalizations too broad rarely hold water, and there are no exceptions. I despise Kronke but don’t condemn all owners. Liverpool has John Henry who owns Red Sox and American; decent guy and loves Liverpool.

          1. jon fox says:

            Durand, It is the Trump types and supporters I am slating. NOT those who see what a scumbag he is. I just feel very sorry for those good people having to live under his”Presidency”. I have been consistent that such types are low life and classless humans , all my adult life. If you disagree then so be it. But I will NOT be changing MY mind.

          2. Durand says:

            I was merely pointing out the part about “America knows all about making money and nothing of morals and true value.” That unfounded, broad, and generalized statement is certainly not true. Remember the part about when America revolted with Declaration of Independence and the whole Preamble to America’s Constitution? I certainly leave you to your opinion of people; whether Kronke, Wenger, Ivan, Trump, etc. But simply not true about “morals and true value,” take it from someone who lives in the States.

            A bit Amazed how you take shots at another country you don’t live in, work in, or know much about obviously. Not asking you to change your mind about types of individuals, merely pause before speaking in broad generalized statements on nations and people you know indirectly or little at all.

            I enjoy your posts and debates; I actually look for your comments on various topics, but I can’t help but feel your opinion is based far more on illogical emotional response than facts or logic.

            Finally, I like your strong and direct responses, however you must agree that unfounded accusations must be challenged and tested, so they may be found either whole in truth or fragile in fact and merit.

            I believe individuals are unique in not only their actions and beliefs, but in their morals and values that guide their conscience. Surely any free thinking and open minded people would agree, yes?

        3. Craig Barrett says:

          Couldn’t agree more

    2. Durand says:

      Kronke is nothing like Donald Trump. One is flashy, likes attention, flaunts his wealth, and his businesses and brand are world famous.

      The other is Stan Kronke. Donald built an empire and Kronke bought clubs to milk for profit. Half of America likes Trump, half doesn’t.

      Curious to know do you live in the States? Why you think them similar, what do they possibly have in common besides piles of money?

      1. Durand says:

        Question meant for Sean

      2. MKEgunner says:

        Durand, 80% of America hates Trump. It’s mostly the uneducated white folk in the South who are historically racist who like the bastard.

        Anyway, to Jon’s point, he’s right about Kroenke spending money on the Rams and the result is a winning franchise and so is necessary with Arsenal, but he doesn’t seem to understand the structure of American sports (at least the NFL and MLB) which are made up of different leagues, the winners of which play in the Superbowl (though it IS overhyped) or the World Series. As far as MLB is concerned, there IS a team from Canada (used to be two).

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