Arsenal’s defensive woes have been evident throughout the season.
Unai Emery’s men have often looked lethal going forward but have succumbed to some disappointing results as a consequence of frailties in their defensive third.
This, coupled with a plethora of injuries, has made life difficult for the Gunners to thrive.
Arsenal have not underwhelmed, as such, this term. However, they have fallen off in the past couple of months and now sit in sixth place, mainly owing to their failure to keep the goals out.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos has been a dependable addition but has not shown real quality in big matches. Laurent Koscielny is back to full fitness but remains susceptible to spells on the sidelines.
Rob Holding is another who has suffered from injuries, while Shkodran Mustafi has never really convinced in an Arsenal shirt.
It seems only common sense that the Gunners dip into the transfer market in the summer and target a new central defender. So, without further ado, take a look at six potential options!
Djene is among the most underrated defenders in Spain. His displays for Getafe have been impressive, and he could be a strong signing for Arsenal. He is good on the ball and reads the game intelligently.
Ginter could bolster Arsenal’s backline. He is physically imposing and has a wealth of experience at club and international level. He’d add a reliable option to Emery’s ranks.
Diop has been outstanding for West Ham following his summer move from Toulouse. He is promising, confident and exceptional defensively. Arsenal should be exploring the possibility of signing him.
Militao is one of the most impressive young defenders in world football at the moment. The Brazilian has been exceptional for Porto and would strengthen the Arsenal backline with his physical prowess and composed style.
Manolas is often linked with a Premier League switch, but Arsenal should act to bring him over to England. The Greek defender is good on the ball, excellent in the air and would provide the club with immense quality.
Romagnoli is an emerging talent and a vital part of the AC Milan team. He has leadership qualities and is a presence at the back. Arsenal would benefit from his ability, along with his potential.