Arsenal missed opportunity to sign 6 ft 4 in French defensive rock
Earlier in the year, Gunners had shown an interest in signing Ibrahima Konate. The RB Leipzig defender is one of the most promising young defenders in Europe along with his teammate Dayot Upamecano. The duo shared the pitch in the European U21 championship, and London club were interested in signing both players past summer.
Ibrahima have the potential to become the best defender in the coming years. U21 France international is an excellent athlete, as he’s solid, quick, tall and is capable of initiating attacks by making driving runs from the back-line to midfield.
Gunners are in desperate need of defensive reinforcements and have required it for a long time now. They’ve got a fantastic attack and have added to it by getting Nicolas Pepe. Arsenal also got Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid on loan, who is a crafty midfielder and will create many chances for the front-three.
Rob Holding’s and Hector Bellerin’s injuries have been a real problem. Spanish tactician will be hoping that Holding returns as soon as possible as he would not have conceived that the issues in the back-line would be so severe. The London club should have prioritised the back-line this campaign, and it might end up being a costly mistake.
Arsenal only missed out on a top-four spot and fell short in the Europa League final. French defender would have helped settle those fine margins and getting him while he’s still 20 would’ve helped the London club avoid the big fees that centre-backs are going for nowadays.