Should Arsenal still be interested in signing Samuel Umtiti?

Is Samuel Umtiti the player he was last season

Arsenal has been linked with a move for Samuel Umtiti once again as Mikel Arteta plots for the summer transfer window.

The Frenchman has reportedly been offered to the Gunners as Barcelona look to raise cash for yet another summer of signing superstars.

The Gunners were linked with both Umtiti and Dayot Upamecano in the summer as Unai Emery looked to bolster his backline.

Reports claim that the Spaniard preferred to sign Umtiti over his younger fellow Frenchman, Upamecano.

Emery, at the time, insisted to RMC Sport as quoted by Football365: “He’s a very good player”

“I’ve always had French players in my teams. At Valencia, Sevilla, PSG and here at Arsenal. I’ve always been able to count on those players.” He added.

With a season almost gone, one can only wonder if Arsenal dodged a bullet by not signing him or if we missed out on a good signing.

I have watched Umtiti struggle for form and injury this season and I cannot help but be thankful that we dodged a bullet.

The Frenchman is a good defender, but I think he is one of the most overhyped players at the moment.

When he first moved to Barcelona, he was a colossus at the back, but he is currently not living up to his earlier promise.

Emery may have been right that he was a very good player last summer, but I don’t think that is the case right now.

An article from Ime

9 Comments

  1. Top Gunner says:

    Umtiti has never been a good player. Playing for Barcelona doesn’t mean that that someone is good. Pique has been in Barcelona for more than 10yrs, but he’s still one of the worst defenders in the game

    1. ken1945 says:

      Top Gunner your assessment of players is unbelievable.

      Have you ever considered becoming a coach/manager?

      You would put the likes of pep etc to shame.

      I look forward to seeing your assessment of our players with the same incredulity as your assessment of Pique and his playing record, including the international caps!!!!

      1. patH says:

        Ken, I also wonder about any one who makes these sort of comments . They certainly can not know much about football. Pique has been a regular at Barca and with Spain in a period that has seen both club and Country pretty much dominate European football. However he can’t be any good can he. Perhaps with him being so poor he might become available in the summer window and we can get him for 5K.Ha Ha.

  2. Robert Acedius says:

    Rumours are placing almost every football corps at Emirates, like it were the major cemetery in the north of London. But we don’t want Lovren, we don’t want Smalling, we don’t want Vertonghen, or Lallana, or Willian or any other old jerk with the career behind him. We want young fresh talents with a future, in life and in football! And we definitely don’t want guys who is spending most of their time on rehab. Go Asn’l!

  3. Grandad says:

    Spot on Robert.

  4. ken1945 says:

    path, once again my mind boggles at the comments from some on here – yes we all have opinions and need to respect them, but sometimes they are so bizarre it becomes impossible not to criticise.

  5. Roshan says:

    I’d rather spend the $50m-ish it would take and buy one of Matvyienko or Gabrielle who would cost approx $30m and then still have $20m to use on another position.

  6. gunnerforlife says:

    I don’t think he will be a good signing for Arsenal, considering his inconsistency at Barcelona. I would prefer Upamecano instead, the lad is young and strong in the air and on the ground and his partnership with Saliba would be tremendous.

  7. Wenger91 says:

    Umtiti will cost a lot!
    Building a team from the midfield is more important right now as we have enough CB’s. Maybe one RB will make us better.

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    if two or more are leaving then we need to consider a younger defender that will cost us less.

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