Report: Emery to snap up PSG starlet Nkunku

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According to L’Equipe, Arsenal are in talks to sign Paris Saint Germain’s attacking midfielder Christopher Nkunku on loan with an option to buy at the end of the season.

The midfielder, 21, scored five goals in 27 appearances under Unai Emery last season and has been in and around the first team at the Parc des Princes since making his debut in December 2015.

It’s suggested he might be frustrated at a lack of game time this campaign, having played just 195 minutes in Ligue 1 since September.

Emery has made it clear he’d like to add someone who can provide width to his squad and links with Yannick Carrasco and Denis Suarez have already surfaced this month.

Talks with the latter appeared to be progressing nicely but Barcelona’s insistence on including a purchase-option have seemingly frightened us off.

Is Nkunku the alternative? It’s hard to tell at this moment. He is capable of playing wide, even in a wing-back slot, as well as centrally; so that’s a couple of boxes ticked. What’s more, he already has a relationship with the boss.

We’ll keep you posted if we hear more…

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Louis
Louis

But how many poos??

gunnerpete
gunnerpete

Poo-rating? Sounds like a 5 (not a household name, loan and experience with manager) not least of all because of the current team’s ability to close any deal.

Savage
Savage

27 appearances is a lot for a team that splashes out on international stars. Or maybe that’s just the bonus of being in a team that won two domestic cups?

JinJon
JinJon

This guy is a very talented – if raw – youngster. Great set-piece taker too. Would be more exciting than Suarez even we might question his ability to make an immediate impact. Still, it’d be a great purchase if we can get him!

Mik
Mik

I remember him being pretty good against us when we trounced PSG in a pre-season friendly this summer. Could be a pretty smart signing.

SG_Gooner
SG_Gooner

at the kallang stadium? rabiot walked and ran circles all over us man

Lettra
Lettra

Thanks for the info good man .. You may have made everything up or used FM .. But as long as I’m concerned your ITK .

Santori
Santori

The ‘raw’ is the issue.

We need a more experienced player at this stage to make impact.

Someone who can also provide width on the right.

locksley444
locksley444

Clubs be like, ‘experienced player?’ *makes the finger rubbing sign universally known for money*

Peter Story Teller
Peter Story Teller

We do not have the money to buy in experience for an immediate fix!
This guy seems highly rated by those in the know, will not cost a fortune, can be moulded into the Emery system, whatever that is, and will be a surprise package to all of the other PL teams.
We need to be pragmatic this season and use it to rejig the squad for a proper assault on all fronts 2019/2020.

Santori
Santori

Ahh the panic loan.

Things have got better since Mslintat has been in charge apparently.

Possession
Possession

Give it a rest mate.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

I need to learn to mute him.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

He’s not Mahrez tho. 🙂

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

Good work on reducing the length of the post Santori. Next up : making some sense.

Christopher Wreh
Christopher Wreh

We should play Santori bingo. Points for any mention of ‘Mislintat being shit’, Mahrez, Torreira’s ‘poor form’, Mikhitaryan not being good enough, ex Dortmund players having no resale value, absolutely anything along the lines of ‘I said this last year’ or in that fucking annoying ‘I know better than you lot’ tone. But for the automatic win, any bullshit essay over 300 fucking words spouting absolute crap like it’s gospel will result in immediate bingo.

baz00r
baz00r

Count me in. The good thing is somebody always wins.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

When Santori posts, we all lose.

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

Extra bonus points for ‘people just see what they want to see instead of actually watching the game’ as he describes a game that resembles in no way the game anyone else has seen and funnily enough sounds exactly like santori just seeing what he wants to see

Chamakhyungark
Chamakhyungark

Got to add how Mustafi is not as bad as people make out and or if Xhaka has made the same mistake as Torreira people would slate him.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

I call dibs on “Elneny is useless”.

DB’s first touch
DB’s first touch

Double points if the phrase is ‘flog dead horse elneny’

LacaNewSigning
LacaNewSigning

hahaha Comment of the day! I thought its just me pissed off by the lengthy rumbles about absolutely fuck all. I’m in!

Fiers d'être Bleus
Fiers d'être Bleus

Then I call dibs on every time he spells Sven Mislintat’s name “Mslintat”.
Just add the “i” in there, it’s not that hard!

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

They’re all good, but I have a hankering for the old hits, like:

– Zelalem going to “the school of hard knocks”
– Market elasticity (the key here being the misuse of the term ‘elasticity’)
– Flamini and Ramsey in midfield conceding the same number of goals as when ‘fan favourite’ Coquelin played (or anything about Flamini being underrated)
– Signing Javier Pastore and converting him to a deep-lying midfielder

Ordnance Dave
Ordnance Dave

Don’t forget Jenkinson, have to a have a shot on that one.

Lettra
Lettra

This excites me way more than .. other rumored targets for our wings . Because he is young french and unlike other targets I haven’t seen him beeing shit.

Santori
Santori

We need a more experienced and capable player at this stage.

All these young hopefuls, may as well put on Willock.

Wide right is a massive issue with Hector gone for the season.

Santori
Santori

I don’t understand our transfer team.

Why worry about FFP?

They saddled us with the tight wage situation in the first place with Ozil and then added Lichsteiner for 90K to do what AMN could have done better.

If Ramsey is to leave this window, that would be 110K per week freed up. Elneny is another 55K. That’s 165K.

That should be enough to bring in 1 or 2 quality players WITH EXPERIENCE you’d think.

Sell Mhkitaryan if need be to free up another 120K .

That’s 275K never mind Jenkinson (if you can even find a buyer for him)

Its mind boggling what we are doing this window thus far.

Better the Devil You Know
Better the Devil You Know

Your numbers are way off mate

Better the Devil You Know
Better the Devil You Know

Again

Mpls
Mpls

For the eleventy thirtieth time, Ramsey isn’t leaving in this window.

Why in the world would we let a known quantity who is still dedicated to the cause and working pretty well in Emery’s system go while we’re chasing a top 4 spot? To take a gamble on a player that may take time to adapt to the league and the team?

That wouldn’t make any sense.

Mpls
Mpls

Surely it would make much more sense to loan until the end of the season and buy then.

Peter Story Teller
Peter Story Teller

The mistake you are making is you are applying common sense.
Others (no names required) appear to believe that it is a simple matter to sell players you don’t like to raise cash to buy non-existent messiahs for peanuts to resolve all of our defensive and creativity issues.

Rich
Rich

Emery knows him, looks like he’s been around the French youth teams for a long time, so he must be pretty useful.
Surely worth a punt?
Elneny replacement?

ClockEndRider
ClockEndRider

Happy to put faith in Emery but hope he’s a loan not a buy. A buy wouldn’t send a good message to the likes of Reiss Nelson and Smith Rowe. At the end of the day this guy gets most of his minutes as a sub in a weak league.

Archer
Archer

G-U-E-N-DOUZI? remember him?

sambo
sambo

Who?

Mpls
Mpls

Funny you should bring up Gwen Doozie. I spied him in a number of the clips from Nkunku’s highlights reels.

And since I’m now an YouTube certified expert on Nkunku, I can say that he’s decent technically, picks a pass out fairly well, and doesn’t mind getting tangled up in a tackle while staying on his feet mostly. But tends to hold onto the ball and take on too many players sometimes, and decision making on hold / final ball can use some work.

Most of his play was on the right side. Liked to find space out there.

So yeah, a slightly more forward AMN. Or a more pressing Riess Nelson.

Wengerballz
Wengerballz

Hey, ‘member when we almost bought Luis Suarez? Now we can’t even get Denis.

Michael Bolton Wanderers
Michael Bolton Wanderers

Loan +1£

martin
martin

Frankly we don’t need an average central midfielder

Prkrtr
Prkrtr

All I can say is that this administration is much more thoughtful and more often right about signings it makes, and so I am optimistic about our chances of signing a positive addition to whatever position we are looking at.

Scandinavian tourist
Scandinavian tourist

Can he contribute with big performance?

Chmackhyungpark
Chmackhyungpark

With his characteristics, he can help the team on the pitch.

Richie

I no longer see the need for signing an attacking player this month if we’re going to continue with the 4-3-3 / Diamond formation. Against Chelsea we had Ozil and Iwobi on the bench, with Mkytarian and Smith-Rowe due back from injury soon.

Mpls
Mpls

I think Emery sees him on the right.

N10
N10

Reading the BTL/comments over at L’Equipe, PSG fans are not liking it, and seems this would be a great score, apparently the kid has bags of talent.

Original Big Dave
Original Big Dave

Hey Arse, where’s the poo?

Gabe
Gabe

Please what exactly is this purchase option that scared us off Suarez?

Isn’t it just as the name implies, an option? Why should we be concerned if we have option of buying or not at the end of the season. Clarification pls.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Option or not, I’m glad we let go of that deal. We should do better than him.

Dave Cee
Dave Cee

The point is it is not an option, it is a mandatory purchase clause

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

How is it then a loan? To me, that’s a purchase with a deferred payment.

Mpls
Mpls

That depends on if FFP officials are in the room or not.

Devlin
Devlin

He is not better than Smith Rowe.

Peter Story Teller
Peter Story Teller

Players like ESR are the future. These bloody injuries are crippling us particularly with young guns like this who are just starting to make the headlines. Let’s hope he returns soon and has not lost his hunger or ability!

Badaab
Badaab

Fantastic if true, Nkunku has a lot of potential and a great engine.

Goonerink

French AMN??

CLEGooner
CLEGooner

LANLS