Arsenal manager Unai Emery has alerted the club he needs defensive reinforcements before the transfer window closes.
Arsenal were bitten deep in their backline this better half of the season, losing defenders Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Hector Bellerin to serious injuries. The latter has been ruled out until the end of the first half of next season.
Bellerin ruptured his cruciate ligament in Arsenal’s win over bitter London rivals Chelsea. This has left a big hollow at their backline. And the Gunners now appear worse off, losing summer signing Papastathopoulos in the 3-1 defeat to Manchester United last week.
This leaves Emery completely handicapped. Former Juventus defender Stephan Lichtsteiner has not been overly impressive this campaign. His play is not catching the eye this term, which leaves him unreliable.
Emery wants to keep up with the pace of Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, and Manchester United. Finishing inside the top four will be a pounding headache for the Spaniard given his thread-like defence.
Emery has however made provisions to stitch his bare right-back and Napoli’s Kevin Malcuit is his preferred choice, as cited by the Metro.
Malcuit agent, however, has ruled out the chances of the 27-year-old leaving Naples this term.
‘Interest? I can confirm that there is a London club who is looking for a right-back. They have interest in him but Kevin is happy at Napoli and he is doing well. Arsenal? Yes it could be them but I won’t say so…’. quoted by CalcioMercato as telling Radio CRC by the agent.