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Arsenal fans urge Mikel Arteta not to sign Samuel Umtiti

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Arsenal fans urge Mikel Arteta not to sign Samuel Umtiti

The powerful defender has been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium.

According to Spanish outlet Sport, Barcelona have deemed Samuel Umtiti surplus to requirements and Arsenal are reportedly interested.

The Catalan giants are set to offer the World Cup winner to a number of clubs with the hope of someone taking him on loan with a view to a permanent signing in 2021.

Umtiti has won La Liga twice during his four years at the Nou Camp, having arrived from Lyon in 2016.

The Gunners will go in search of players who can make them great again next season, with the club facing the real prospect of not being involved in Europe during 2020/21.

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Mikel Arteta has improved the club’s fortunes, although he has failed to lift the club into the higher echelons of the division.

Umtiti is paid £208,000 by Barcelona and that wage could prove a stumbling block for Arsenal. If the Spanish club are willing to subsidise some of it, however, the Gunners might ramp up their interest.

It would seem Arsenal supporters are undecided over Umtiti. Whilst very few hold doubts over his ability, the concern comes over his fitness, with the Frenchman prone to the odd fitness problem.

Umtiti would comfortably be an upgrade on Arteta’s current crop of defenders, however, and it remains to be seen if they’ll pounce.

Here is a selection of tweets from Arsenal supporters regarding the availability of the Barcelona star.

 

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