Report: Gunners linked with move for Thomas Meunier

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According to France Football, Arsenal are keen to sign Thomas Meunier from PSG.

The Belgian right-back is on Unai Emery’s radar as we look to rebuild the squad this summer, and with Carl Jenkinson and Stephan Lichtsteiner likely to leave this summer, as well as Hector Bellerin being sidelined until September, a player in that position is not an unreasonable acquisition.

The 27 year old who will be 28 in September but until such time remains 27, joined the French outfit from Club Brugge, and is clearly a player that the Arsenal boss knows from his time in Paris.

The story has been picked up/reiterated/ by an Italian journalist on Twitter – and we all know they’re the most reliable sources of transfer information in the entire universe – who claims that we’ve offered him a five year deal.

There’s no mention of transfer fee, but if we’re offering a player who will be 28 in September but until such time remains 27 a contract of that length we assume the transfer fee will be somewhere in the region of 23 trillion euros.

We’re giving this one an 8 on the Poo-o-Meter

But then having reconsidered it all, this seems like exactly the kind of deal we’d do, so have a 3.

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Gana
Gana

No, thank you!

First focus on playing better with what we have.

Medium Mozart
Medium Mozart

Isn’t that what the manager has just spent the last 9 months trying, and failing, to do?

teesho27
teesho27

huh? you mean like Ozil the other ones…

GoonerJust
GoonerJust

Have you been asleep for 12 month?

Easy tiger
Easy tiger

I wish😀😀

Gana
Gana

If your 2 strikers worth 50 million each can’t score a goal in the final, then the answer is not always the transfer market.

If your 30 million midfield terrier is ineffective in a big game, then the answer is not the transfer market.

And now Thomas Meunier? Again, no thank you!

Medium Mozart
Medium Mozart

Maybe they all just needed a nice 3 week holiday beforehand?

Heavenly Chapecoense
Heavenly Chapecoense

“Any team missing players like Neymar, Cavani, Meunier will miss them” Solskjaer.

The only sp*rs i like is san antonio
The only sp*rs i like is san antonio

If your backlines are filled with people like mustafi and jenkinson or lichtsteiner, sure as hell you need a better replacement. And in case you don’t know, Thomas munier plays as a right/right wing back. So your argument regarding our striker and midfielrer is quite invalid

Ausdrexler
Ausdrexler

Cant play better in the LB department if we get rid of our backups to Bellerin this summer.

Fuckspurs

Anything is better than the shite that we currently have piled up in this squad

rpsport
rpsport

Sign him up now, Wagner, you stingy old fart !

G-rod
G-rod

“The 27 year old who will be 28 in September but until such time remains 27.”

He’s closer to 28 than he is 27?

Mpls
Mpls

When the clock on the clock end says 22:35, it’s called the 23rd minute, right? I mean, they’re both measures of time.

Is it too much to ask for some consistency here?

goonero
goonero

Well yes because you’ve had 22 minutes and are into the 23rd.

As soon as the clock hits midnight on your birthday, you’ve completed the year and are into your next. But no one says how many years they are into, they just say how many they have completed. I am X years, I am into my X+1 year.

I don’t see an issue here.

Sten
Sten

So he’s in his 28th year? Should really say that in article to avoid the confusion

Easy tiger
Easy tiger

Yes and if you add the nine months before birth he is actually well past 28 anyway.

The lawyer
The lawyer

I think hes referring back to that ridiculous Twitter argument a few years back. But still, I dont say my toddler is 2 years old when i get asked because hes turning 3 in a few weeks – i actually just say hes 3.

A Gorilla
A Gorilla

Incorrect. Your toddler is in fact 2

A Different George
A Different George

You think?

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

Apart from strikers, isn’t RB our strongest position?

atom
atom

We have Bellerin who is coming off a major injury and hence isn’t going to be able to play every game. Maitland-Niles is an absolutely horrible defender (witness last night or even the past few weeks of the year). The entire reason we had to play a back 3 this year is we didn’t have capable fullbacks once Bellerin went out. Monreal got old quickly. Lichtensteinter’s legs gave out. Kolosniac & MN can’t actually defend.

Sancheezy
Sancheezy

That’s a little harsh. He’s deputized well this season and he had a good first half, idk what happened in the 2nd half.

atom
atom

he deputized as a wingback though b/c his lack of defensive ability meant that we couldn’t play a back 4. he’s much better going forward than he is defending & worth keeping in mind he doesn’t view this as his natural position. We need defenders who can actually defend.

Nosferatu
Nosferatu

True about Maitland-Niles having to play as a wingback–but it was the same on the left side with Kolasinac. With nobody coming back to take over for him (like Bellerin will be on the right), I’d consider that position a much bigger need.

My worry is that signing Meunier would be another year with Kolasinac as a regular starter and Emery stuck using three at the back yet again.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

One thing though, Meunier is a better RB than Bellerin. I do not see Bellerin in starting XI if this guy comes.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

Meunier 339 career games 46 goals (as a RB)
Bellerin 143 (6 goals)
Bellerin is not strong in defending. Brings the ball forward but very rarely scores.

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

I had no idea we judged our defenders on goals scored.

Shall we rate Aubameyang on clean sheets?

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

I did say Bellerin was not too good at defending. You may agree or disagree but I did say that. Now, Meunier is able to score which is a plus.
Ronaldo picked Ashley Cole as the most difficult defender he faced. Those who think Bellerin is a great RB should set the bar higher.

Kartik Iyer
Kartik Iyer

By that logic we should also try and replace laca with Messi and auba with Mbappe. Don’t you see…we have a limited budget…we should focus on what’s broken….RB is not it. We may need a backup at RB for next season…but it should be someone young with potential rather than some super star who costs a lot. Instead we need better CBs.

A Different George
A Different George

But Ashley Cole (another exhibit in the John Terry “you can be a complete dick and still a great footballer” museum) is a bit too high of a bar. Probably the best in the world at his position, the last English player with a reasonable claim to that distinction.

Carl
Carl

Auba is shit then =’].

A Different George
A Different George

Well, a lot of people seem to rate Ozil on whether he tracks back.

riku
riku

bellerin could play left back , did last year in europa league, he could cut inside on his left and shoot. i think hectot could do a better job there at left back than monreal [ too old] and kolas..[good] can only play well usually in a back five.

Roof_attack
Roof_attack

im sure there must be some bargains to be had in the championship or ligue 2 . we are more aldi and lidle than waitrose these days!

Leno me, I’ll be your friend
Leno me, I’ll be your friend

Word is it’d be £26million, seems crazy for PSG’s third choice RB. If the sum is anywhere near that I’d far rather we prioritised other roles.
I honestly think even with our comparatively small budget it shouldn’t be the hardest job in the world to improve our team in the right positionsz

Leno me, I’ll be your friend
Leno me, I’ll be your friend

*positions. Sorry, still suffering from all the years of typing Szczesny.

We only came for Eboue
We only came for Eboue

Third choice? Pretty sure he started more games than any other RB (Alves shortly behind). But agree that he won’t be cheap, especially for a squad player

Leno me, I’ll be your friend
Leno me, I’ll be your friend

He did but apparently he’s now surplus as Tuchel already has Alves and wants to bring Dagba and Kehrer into the team more. Think he got a lot of game time due to others’ injuries and the fact he can also cover at LB or CM. But I’ve not watched PSG enough this season to say, just going off what I’ve read to be honest.

Nosferatu
Nosferatu

So that would leave £14 million for a CB, a LB, and at least one midfielder–all of which are bigger needs than RB?

Yeah, sounds about right.

Leno me, I’ll be your friend
Leno me, I’ll be your friend

Honestly if this is true we might as well spend the rest on a convoy of ice-cream trucks and send them to the Arctic.

Santori
Santori

I wouldn’t bother.

Raul/Mslintat wasted 90K a week on Lichstieiner last season which ushered in the “PANIC LOAN” era in January.

We could have kept Chambers who played Rback for Soton (His Natural Position) and could have covered Right of defense and at DM for good measure.

Instead we were left scrambling between a raw but injury plagued AMN, the limited at Rback Mustafi, the rubbish Jenkinson and the unavailable and waning Lichsteiner.

We have AMN already providing decent enough quality at Rback. He needs to be trusted and given potential to evolve (like Bellerin). RBACK is his NATURAL POSITION. It is now.

He played well covering Lback for us 2 seasons ago and right side is his natural side.

I thought he was decent first half yesterday recovering the ball quite a number of times and he took on players (Emmerson) on the right several times, fleecing him, put some balls into the box but our strikers must make their own service happen for them by moving toweards the cross (Much like Giroud did)

The other issue of course is we don’t want to dissipate and distract from greater needs in the squad in several more critical areas – Cback, CM, and wing.

We have a finite and now likely curtailed budget to operate with. The last thing we need is to spend precious resource in areas we don’t really have to.

Which all points to direction in terms of purchases.

We have NOT been good in market since Raul and Mslintat have taken over.

The same issue plagued us two Januarys ago when we should have bought Mahrez (or someone equivalent) for the wing rather than plucked low hanging fruit with Mhkitaryan.

Currently we have NO ONE in place for Technical Director to replace (the average at best) Mslintat.

Worse it seems (if rumours be true of course) that the executives lack clout and are allowing Raul to make too many decisions and he may err on comfort in bringing someone he can control rather than someone who has the clout and experience to scout and bring in good deals across the line (like say a Luis Campos at Lille)

This is very worrying indeed but most people tend to hold to the erroneous belief that Mslintat was doing a good job.

I don’t see why we want to sign Meunir (He isn’t that accomplished a RBack and sound to me like a repeat of Debuchy…remember him)

215Arse
215Arse

Chambers is a DM. His stats were second best to Fernandino last year. Hope we bring him back and send Xhaka packing.

Me2
Me2

Although the 27 year old who will be 28 in September but still remains 27 is a good solid, right back type person will we not be stumped by the fact that we have no money?

Rich
Rich

He looks extremely slow on the turn

Gunner0304
Gunner0304

Is there a poo meter for this current squad. I will give em 11 poos 💩

Hisham
Hisham

Why are arsenal line up getting older n older.. What happen to the below 23 years old scouting? Look at Manchester United, France, Southampton, Spurs, Manchester City, Dortmund, Arsenal’s Invincibles.. All of them were young team great talent

Jack Action
Jack Action

Don’t worry, we have a back-up RB, his name is Shkodran Mustafi. We ain’t sellin’ him, cuz there ain’t no buyers.

GraeB
GraeB

Better off with Jenko or one of our own academy, or a cheaper Championship option, then using money for a RB.

Hank Scoprio
Hank Scoprio

Jenks is a capable RB but terrible when played as a wingback. If budget is limited though buying a backup RB seems like it should not be high up in our priorities

Ya gooner
Ya gooner

I thought it said Thomas vermaelen, he kibd of looks a bit like him

Anthony
Anthony

After what we witnessed last night, I’d take Tommy Vermaelen right now!

Fuckspurs

He was probably our best defender for a few years. Shame with the injuries, however

Santori
Santori

Not an easy task for Unai.

Capability gaps down the spine with exception of Strikers.

With a smaller budget due to lack of CL, we need to be even more concentrated in being quality into 2 or 3 key areas rather than dissipating our effort and money all over the place.

The areas to address have not been sufficiently dealt with by Mslintat (an Raul). It is highly disconcerting that we have yet to employ a successor given monumental and very tricky task ahead.

1) Strikers – As mentioned I think we are good with Auba and Laca. Keeping them on track and ensuring their heads aren’t turned should be OK provided we spend properly to show they are being supported. Maybe one more (relatively young unknown and cheap) striker in (ala what we got with Guendouzi) for the future since Welbeck is off. Nketiah should also be competing for a spot (with Auba already 30+).

SO very small spend say up to 5m (and ONLY if opportunity arises)

2) Wingers – Nelson in to pair with Iwobi. If we can properly sort out playing 4 at the back (not current incarnation even without Mustafi)….then we need to balance 3 across just behind the striker if 4-2-3-1 or even in 4-1-2-1-2.

One more winger/AM preferable. We’ve seen what destruction a player like Hazard can do free roaming. Apart from Laca and Iwobi, we lack player who can take on defenders one on one and pull teams out of position, create the extra man in an attacking overload.

3) As far as playmaker is concern, an Ozil sale will depend on who wants to fork the money out for him (particularly wages)

If he is sold (or Mhkitaryan either or), we should be bringing in Smith-Rowe to first team more regardless to build for the future with Ramsey gone.

4) CM – We need someone who can control the ball and carry it up the spine. We have a good and able long passer of the ball Granit, a player with a bit more bite Torreira and one young with good potential and energy Guendouzi. BUT we don’t have a player with strength and ability on the ball to dribble through traffic like we did with Viera or Diaby (or just by sheer finesse Santi)

We need to add one more even if Willock shows good potential and should have more involvement.

5) Fullbacks. No need to add.

Monreal should extend one more season to cover Kolasinac (push him) till we find another solution.

Bellerin will return to Rback and AMN has shown many positives this season (along with raw edges). He should continue to develop as surrogate both to Bellerin and to some extent to Kolasinac as well.

6) Cback. Here we need a no nonsense positionally aware player with some height. We don’t need an expensive name either just someone who has performed well over the last season or two.

Add him to Sokratis and Holding. Thereafter whether Mustafi or Chambers stays will depend on their appetite to compete and who fetches a higher price.

Mavropanos (unless circumstantially otherwise bc of injuries in squad) frankly better off on strong loan to accelerate development.

7) Keeper – Leno obvious first choice. Thereafter decisions whether Martinez or Macey or even Iliev ready to step up. Ospina likely will leave if he has a chance but maybe outside contention.

I feel if we need to spend here, i will complicate priorities in midfield, Cback and wing.

Of those 3 likely Cback is first priority thereafter depending on money left either of other positions, we may compromise with a hybrid which isn’t a best choice (and likely what Dennis was being auditioned for)

40-50m is scant money in today’s terms to add in 3 position with sufficient proven quality, particularly with players that can bring a higher technical quality to add to this squad yet and have sufficient experience.

Without a Tech director we are making it even more difficult.

This squad far from being too technical needs to improve technically further. Emery needs the added elements to truly allow him to play flat 4 and vary his attacking strategies.

Wholesale changes are out of the question and will only dissipate effort and resource.

We have Welbeck, Ramsey, Cech, Lichsteiner (for what he is worth..90K a week) potentially Koscielny out.

Jenkinson and Elneny wholly useless to this squad but good luck trying to give them away.

Thereafter we have to be careful not to have to fill too many gaps. (Ozil or Mhki), (Chambers or Mustafi) that sort of thing.

Very tricky summer ahead. How the absentee owner backs it up and how we spend may decide outcome for next 2 or 3 seasons bc if we fail again next season, we are in danger of dropping further down.

For maybe an extra 20m outlay (added risk) to add to say 40m budget, it could tip the difference and add better quality with the limited additions we need.

Someone has to strongly reinforce to the owner that (whilst keeping to ones means as much as possible and tailoring to lower european competition), its pennywise pound foolish not to add a bit (of extra spending power) and potential prevent this brand from sliding further down. Its his investment after all.

But who would that be? Raul? Venkatasham? I don’t hear concise and concerted consensus in direction from them.

riku
riku

agree with a lot of this but we need to replace kos and monreal, remember 6-0 at stamford bridge, 5-1 liverpool loss, atheltico madrid last year etc… they all played in those games, and they are gone, now

Patrik Ljungberg
Patrik Ljungberg

Seriously, write shorter or start your own blog. Please. I am getting tired of the scrolling.

Ealing
Ealing

I just read the name, scroll down and thumb down. Sorry but I have not got that much time to read all that

Seb
Seb

Apparently his contract ends next year

Henrik
Henrik

With only 40 millions in our budget i wouldnt sign a right back when we have bellerin coming back in that position.

btw
btw

Maybe there are plans to sell Bellerin? Could raise good money… If we are going to rebuild we need to raise money, which means saying goodbye to some of our better players.

Thierry Bergkamp
Thierry Bergkamp

I like him

arsenal74
arsenal74

on this page in “related articles” I see “Yacine Adli deal completed” from 1 yr ago…that sums up the reliability of these “news”.

OlegLuzhny
OlegLuzhny

What was Wenger thinking? Bringing Walcott on that early

Mistafi
Mistafi

If the finances make sense get him. He can start the season till Bellerin is back and then share the load at RB and CB.
He would also give us some extra height in the back and AMN can rightfully transition into a CM or a winger.

Jon

Veratti..

santi's thigh grab
santi's thigh grab

Not sure 26 million for a PSG player qualifies as “beating the market” strategy we are about to unleash.