Aymeric Laporte on Arsenal Radar as Defensive Woes Deepen

Arsenal is facing a defensive crisis, and the Gunners are considering a move for Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte to bolster their backline.

Arsenal’s defense has been hit by an unexpected setback as Jurriën Timber sustains a serious injury. Fabrizio Romano has shed light on Arsenal’s interest in Aymeric Laporte. He revelead,

“At the beginning of the market at the end of June and beginning of July, they (Arsenal) considered a move for Laporte…. Man City weren’t keen on selling another player to Arsenal after Gabriel Jesus, Zinchenko and all the others. So, that’s why it was not an easy one.”

Aymeric Laporte: The Unlikely Solution for Arsenal

Aymeric Laporte’s name has surfaced as a potential solution to Arsenal’s defensive woes. Romano’s report indicates that Arsenal holds a genuine interest in the Spanish center-back. Significantly, Laporte’s reputation as a top-tier defender and his prior association with Mikel Arteta at City, make this a compelling proposition. Laporte’s admiration for Arteta’s coaching prowess further adds fuel to the speculations. The defender’s words resonate with the notion that Arteta’s leadership could lure him to the Emirates.

“Mikel is a great coach and, for me, he has been one of the best people I have met in Manchester…”Laporte

Reports suggest that Arsenal’s initial pursuit of Laporte was thwarted by the high cost involved. The departure of Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko to Arsenal last season has complicated the dynamics between the two clubs.

Options for The Spanish Defender

While Arsenal’s interest in Laporte is clear, the situation is complex due to the involvement of Al-Nassr. Recent developments indicate that Al-Nassr has intensified their efforts to secure Laporte’s signature. Manchester City’s openness to this deal stems from Laporte’s dwindling prominence in the squad, exacerbated by the arrival of Joško Gvardiol.

Laporte’s decision on his next destination remains uncertain. While Al-Nassr’s lucrative offer presents an option, Laporte is reportedly waiting to see if Real Madrid expresses interest, especially after losing Eder Militao to injury. A move to the Middle East might provide financial benefits, but Laporte’s footballing ambitions could lead him to consider other opportunities as well.

With the transfer window drawing to a close, Arsenal’s defensive search becomes more crucial. While Laporte remains an attractive prospect, Arsenal are also reportedly exploring other options. Marc Guehi of Crystal Palace has been mentioned as a potential alternative. As Mikel Arteta and Edu weigh their choices, the transfer market’s closing deadline looms large.

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