Mikel Arteta’s quest to strengthen Arsenal’s defence could see us make a January bid for RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano, according to the Mirror.
We were first linked with the France under-21 international in May but the Bundesliga outfit, who signed the player from sister side RB Salzburg in 2017, refused to budge on their €60 million asking price.
Instead, we turned our attention to the signing of St Etienne’s William Saliba, who was immediately returned on loan, and followed that up with a deadline day deal for David Luiz.
Unsurprisingly, the Brazilian wasn’t the answer to our Koscielny-sized problem. Having conceded 30 goals in 20 games this season, our defence is currently trending towards its worst-ever Premier League showing.
We’re a bit of shambles at the back. Rob Holding is still working his way back from his ACL surgery, Calum Chambers is potentially facing a spell on the sidelines, Sokratis has been tragic and comedic in equal measure, Shkodran Mustafi as much use as a chocolate teapot, and Dinos Mavropanos trusted with fewer minutes in defence than 18-year-old winger Saka.
It’s little wonder that our new head coach is keen to shore things up at the back. Whether that results in a move for Upamecano remains to be seen. For one, the Germans will have to lower their expectations on the price front. Could we potentially redirect cash generated from the sale of Granit Xhaka? That’s plausible. However, we can’t shake the feeling that this is one of those oven-ready rumours that was too hard to resist recycling.
There has also been speculation that we could recall Saliba in January. That also seems pretty unlikely given he’s been injured for large spells of this season. He’s currently working his way back from a metatarsal problem.
The transfer window opens in 12 hours time, so we’ll see what happens. For now, it’s a seven on the poo-ometer.