Position 2 – Centre-back
Koscielny is 33 and Holding is injured. I really wish that this season can be over as soon as possible so that we can get rid of Mustafi, who has been utter garbage throughout these years.
The ideal choice: Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona)
Once branded as the “Black Puyol”, Umtiti is currently out of favour under Valverde after a series of injuries. With Lenglet getting the seal of approval, it seems that the Frenchman may leave Camp Nou for regular football.
While he’ll be a nice signing to Arsenal, the Gunners wouldn’t be able to afford Umtiti, considering the budget Kroenke will give to Emery won’t be a huge sum. Thus, Lacazette’s reunion with his friend will be just a dream.
The realistic choice: Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle)
Arsenal doesn’t just need one centre-back. They need Koscielny’s replacement – a tall, goalscoring player with leadership skills in the dressing room – for the future after the Frenchman’s retirement.
Lascelles is, by far, the best choice Arsenal can think of. With proven experience in the Premier League with Newcastle and a cheaper price tag, he’s surely someone the Londoners should keep an eye on.
The one from the Academy: Julio Pleguezuelo
Pleguezuelo is more than just a centre-back. He is currently the captain of the U23 team and can play as a defensive midfielder plus a right-back, if needed. He may not be a top player but Arsenal shouldn’t risk losing him.