Arsenal report: London rivals’ captain to hitch – and repeat Sol Campbell trick from twenty years in the past
Arsenal are planning an audacious transfer to signal a brand new chief from one other London membership this summer season.
The Gunners have led the desk for 93 per cent of the season (opens in new tab) – but following the capitulation away at Manchester Metropolis within the week, look set to lose out on the title in spite of everything. Metropolis at the moment are forward of the Gunners within the desk with a sport in hand and should should drop factors in three of their final six fixtures handy Arsenal the league.
Some have blamed the shortage of management and expertise on such a “bottling” – one thing that Mikel Arteta appears set to handle this summer season.
In accordance with The Solar (opens in new tab), Arsenal are chasing Crystal Palace star Marc Guehi to handle the problems of their defence. The Gunners have fallen aside on the again since shedding the massively influential William Saliba to a again harm, conceding extra targets from set items. In bringing the 22-year-old Eagle north of the river, the Gunners may effectively handle their issues – whereas evoking reminiscences of one other notable switch.
In 2001, the Gunners signed Sol Campbell on a free switch from their bitterest foes, Tottenham Hotspur. Although Guehi wouldn’t be seen as practically as incendiary a deal, the rules of the deal could be comparable.
Campbell was signed at a time the place nearly all of the remainder of the Arsenal defence was set, simply as it’s now. The Gunners had been bringing a participant who had captained one other London membership within the Premier League not only for his bodily traits however for his management talents and organisational nous on the again, providing him Champions League soccer and a crack on the title – not not like what they might supply Guehi now.
Campbell facilitated a transfer to a way more athletic defence for Arsene Wenger, whereas Guehi may do the identical for Arteta, ultimately changing Gabriel subsequent to Saliba on the again.
Although it is early days with the hearsay, Palace would seemingly search for £50 million for Guehi, who has captained them since becoming a member of initially of final season. Whether or not Arsenal would spend that a lot on a sixth central defender stays to be seen, with defensive midfield and one other ahead nonetheless the precedence.
The previous Chelsea man is valued at €35m by Transfermarkt (opens in new tab).
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Arsenal are already being linked with a number of huge names forward of a summer season again within the Champions League.
Mason Mount is an possibility in midfield, with Juventus star Dusan Vlahovic and Bayer Leverkusen’s Moussa Diaby rumoured within the assault. Each Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins and Crystal Palace star Wilf Zaha are on the radar, too. Youthful stars are attention-grabbing the Gunners, too: Vitor Roque would possibly find yourself on the Emirates, whereas Flamengo’s Matheus Franca is being watched.
In the meantime, cult hero Mathieu Flamini has refused to rule out a transfer to purchase Arsenal.