In the last few years, Arsenal’s seasons have been summed up to bad defending, woeful goal keeping or too much one touch around the final third of the pitch. With the introduction of Peter Cech and development of Francis Coquelin there was some level of confidence instilled in the Arsenal’s defence last season.
But every now and then, whenever the back 4 was exposed Arsenal was constantly reminded the importance of a solid center back pairing. Wenger was found constantly experimenting on the best center back pairing last season. Few weeks ago fans were excited with the prospect of Napoli’s defender Kalidou Koulibaly joining the gunners. The Senegalese international 6ft, 5in tall centre back. Koulibaly is renowned for his ability to play the ball out from the back, and can slot straight into his team for the start of next season to pair with Koscielny.
Arsenal was thought to be in pole position to sign the defender. However, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has now made Koulibaly his main defensive target with a formal bid of £34m which has been accepted by Napoli and all that’s left is for the player himself to make a decision on where he wants to ply his trade next season and for the Gunners to decide if they are matching Chelsea’s offer.
However, knowing Wenger, he is unlikely to match a £34m bid for a centre back. And rightly so. £34m for a centre back who is not Sergio Ramos or someone very established is too much. But the annoyance of Arsenal fans will be if Wenger ends this transfer window without having signed what’s needed.
No one says the Frenchman should pay £70 million for Higuain for instance, but a £45 million on Draxler or Lacazette won’t be too bad. Wenger and co simply have to accept the fact that the market is inflated and it will be hypocritical for the club to receive so much money from the TV deal and not spend it to improve the squad.