Friday, August 25, 2023

Edu has perfect £137m Arsenal transfer plan to replace Gabriel amid Mikel Arteta wish

It’s been a good start to the season for Arsenal. Two wins from their first two games, positive signs in both and Mikel Arteta claims that they can only evolve from here.

But there have been some issues. Namely with injuries – summer signing Jurrien Timber lasting just 47 minutes against Nottingham Forest before suffering a long-term knee injury means they’re already one man down on top of those injured from pre-season and before, most notably Gabriel Jesus.

So if the club were to see the need to bolster their defensive core with the likes of Thomas Partey – who Arteta seems convinced is a right-back nowadays – and centre-back Gabriel rumoured for moves away from the Emirates Stadium, they’d need to step up quickly before the transfer window closes.

 

One player touted as a top target for the Gunners if Gabriel is to leave is Crystal Palace centre-back and England international Marc Guehi, who has thoroughly impressed at the Eagles since joining them from Chelsea in 2021 and has reportedly been slapped with a £60million price tag.

 

According to reports elsewhere, Roy Hodgson’s side like the look of Takehiro Tomiyasu – opening the door up to a potential swap deal – but due to the Timber injury, there’s little room for Arteta to ship off any full-backs that can cover that position any time soon.

Gunners247 says: If Gabriel is to leave, albeit however unlikely at this stage in the transfer window, there’s no doubt Guehi would be a great player to go for.

With clubs in Saudi Arabia still chasing the Brazilian for his services, if Arsenal cave in and accept a bid, the Palace defender could easily be another strong addition to Arteta’s defence.

 

Despite all of the boss’ talk about how Gabriel has played his role really well so far this season – a.k.a a combined 24 minutes from the bench-, if he doesn’t begin to get starts, there will be unrest – it’s natural.

 

Chelsea sold Guehi before he could make a serious impact there but if a big club like Arsenal came knocking, it’s more than likely his head would be swayed if the cards were right. It could be another big step towards challenging Manchester City for the title, and they might need another signature defender to bring in due to Timber’s injury to combat the raw physicality Pep Guardiola’s side have.

 

Having bought in Josko Gvardiol this month, City’s defence is even more stacked than last year – perhaps that’s where the Gunners are lacking still. Guehi could change that.

With just over a week to go until deadline day, other reports seem to suggest that one possible deal Arteta could strike up to strengthen his ranks is for Barcelona defender Jules Kounde.

 

The 24-year-old was once linked with Chelsea while at Sevilla but jumped ship to the Nou Camp last season and has impressed there under Xavi – so much so that it’s been reported they’ll only entertain offers of around £77million due to the four years he still has on his contract.

 

 

Earning himself 21 senior caps for France as well, Kounde is a physical player that many believe would be able to slot into a Premier League side with relative ease and that some fans have been calling for.

 

Gunners247 says: Jules Kounde is certainly an interesting option to consider for Mikel Arteta. If he’s going to facilitate moves out of the club for players like Partey, Gabriel etc. then I can see a world where they strike for Kounde as a last-minute bid.

 

But outside of that, there’s not much wriggle-room left in the window. Spending £200million on three players alone this summer should mean they’ll shut up shop and be done with it all. But we all know football. It’s never that easy.

 

There’s also not much room left in their squad if they don’t have a few more outgoings in the final week. While players like Cedric Soares and Nuno Tavares are expected to find other clubs, they don’t really pose a significant threat to the starting XI enough for it to be a heavy hit on the stability of the team. Bringing in a player like Kounde who would require regular minutes on a long-term basis has the potential to bring about unneeded complications despite their short-term solutions.

 

Much like Guehi, Kounde would be a good way of vying for the title and has experience in winning silverware at the top level.

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