5 Defenders Arsenal should target in the summer transfer window
The 2019 summer transfer window will possibly be one of the most important transfer windows for Unai Emery to secure his long term future at Arsenal. Another season without the prospect of the Champions League could have adverse effects on the club's finances, transfer policies and the general mood around the Emirates. Although, that can change if Arsenal beat Chelsea in the Europa League final in Baku. But the general consensus is that Arsenal need reinforcements to put up a sustained title fight over the next few seasons.
The first area of improvement without any shadow of doubt has to be the defence. For the second year running, Arsenal have conceded 51 goals in the league. Only Manchester United and West Ham United have conceded more among the teams in the Top 10. They have kept just 8 clean sheets in the entire season, their lowest tally ever in the Premier League. They failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their away matches in the entire season.
Defensively, this has been one of Arsenal's worst seasons since the inception of the Premier League. Wholesale changes need to be made across the Arsenal backline. Laurent Koscielny is not the player he used to be while Shkodran Mustafi is an accident waiting to occur anytime.
Nacho Monreal has lost his pace and is not fit enough to last an entire season. Stephan Lichtsteiner was only a stop-gap solution. Rob Holding, Calum Chambers and Konstantinos Mavropanos are all young and need to be given time. Hector Bellerin has been injured for most parts of the season. Only Sokratis and Maitland-Niles have shown some fight this season.
Arsenal need serious reinforcements in this area. Let's have a look at 5 players who can help Arsenal shore up their defence.
#5 Djene Dakonam
Djene Dakonam or commonly referred to as Djene is a 27-year-old Togolese defender who plays as a centre-back for the La Liga side Getafe FC. Getafe managed to finish 5th in the league this season. They have been the surprise package this year and have the second-best defence in the Spanish league conceding fewer goals than Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Djene has been the standout performer for them this season. He has been a major reason for the defensive solidarity of Getafe. Having played 34 games in the league this season, he has impressive numbers averaging 1.6 tackles and 2 interceptions per game.
Arsenal have sent scouts to watch him a couple of times this season. He is entering the prime of his career and would be a very shrewd addition to this Arsenal side.