Arsenal opinion: The Gunners should sign Dakonam this summer
The Metro has reported that Arsenal are looking to add Getafe’s Djene Dakonam to shore up their backline this summer. Unai Emery will need to form a stronger defensive unit if the Gunners are to make progress on this season.
Getafe have been one of the more impressive teams in the La Liga this season and should confirm a 5th place finish if they win their final game of the league season. One of the reasons for that has been Dakonam’s performances at centre-back.
The La Liga side have conceded fewer goals than every team in the La Liga, barring Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid side, which should tell how you everything about them and Dakonam’s impact at the club.
The centre-back has a contract until 2021, which could be a bit of a stumbling block to confirm the signing but it would be a real value for money signing.
Arsenal don’t have the resources to compete with the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United with regards to transfer budgets, hence, they have to make smart signings.
Dakonam is a solid centre-half. He doesn’t have the height but uses his intelligence to intercept and read play. When under pressure, he knows how to hold off the opposition players and is comfortable playing the ball out from the back.
His attributes also make him a great squad player. His speed allows him to play in any defensive position asked of him, be it at right-back or defensive midfield, which is an added bonus.
The Gunners have been unfortunate to have lost Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin to injuries for long periods this season. Stephan Lichtsteiner isn’t set to continue with his contract set to expire.
This could be due to Unai Emery’s demands and with another pre-season up their belt, the squad should be better prepared this time around. Dakonam’s effect on the team will be immediate due to these injury issues.
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Arsenal have Sokratis Papastahopoulos to fall back on but if he is to miss out games due to suspension or injuries, someone just as reliable must be available to fall back upon. This is why Arsenal need to sign this bargain from Getafe.