Why Ibrahima Konate could be a brilliant signing for Arsenal
Back in May, Sport Witness (h/t The Daily Star) had claimed that Arsenal were one of the Premier League clubs interested in signing RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate.
Ibrahima Konate, 20, signed for RB Leipzig from FC Sochaux in 2017 and has steadily established himself as one of the best young defenders in Europe. He has impressed alongside compatriot Dayot Upamecano and was frequently praised for his brilliant all-round game.
In Konate and Upamecano, Leipzig can boast of two of the best young defenders in European football right now. As the 20-year-old Konate continues to catch the eye in Germany, Arsenal must reignite their interest and sign him.
Arsenal are really struggling this season in the Premier League. It’s been a few rough weeks for the Gunners which now sees them sitting sixth in the table, 8 points behind fourth-placed Manchester City.
While he’s definitely making some big mistakes this season, he should be given time to make things right in North London.
Going by Arsenal’s poor start to the season in which they have already conceded 17 goals in 12 games, Emery must fix his defensive problems in January. The addition of the experienced David Luiz from Chelsea in the summer has made little difference, leaving the Gunners jittery at the back as usual.
Calum Chambers has done well but Rob Holding has looked off the pace since returning from a long-term knee injury. That said, another centre-half at the club is needed, with neither David Luiz nor Sokratis capable of being long-term options. Ibrahima Konate would be an excellent addition to the Arsenal backline in this case.
Konate is a quality player with a very high ceiling and could potentially become one of the world’s top centre-backs one day. The 20-year-old is a commanding, modern-day centre-back with excellent composure on the ball.
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He can play out from the back with utmost ease and has enjoyed 89.9% passing accuracy in the Bundesliga this season. The Frenchman has averaged 1.8 tackles, 1 interception, 5.8 clearances and 0.8 blocks as well. [Courtesy: WhoScored.com]
Sokratis and Luiz aren’t getting any younger, so Emery should rejuvenate the Arsenal backline by getting Konate.
The Gunners must find a way to complete a deal for one of the most talented young defenders in Europe, as the Frenchman could be an amazing acquisition with William Saliba set to come in as well.