Ex-Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell has told Football London that the Gunners should look to sign RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano.
Campbell played for Arsenal for seven years between 1988 and 1995. He has identified the youngster as the man to solve a defensive crisis for the Gunners.
Arsenal have once again looked shocking defensively this season. William Saliba was landed during the summer but was allowed to join Saint-Etienne on loan for the season.
Campbell thinks the 21-year-old Bundesliga star would be the perfect addition for the Gunners.
He told Football London: “I have seen him (Dayot Upamecano) play and he is big, strong, quick and aggressive – everything that our defence isn’t.
“He fits the bill perfectly and obviously they have got Saliba coming next summer. He’s a young, up and coming player and is strong and aggressive too.
“With those two Arsenal would give themselves a chance.”
Landing Upamecano won’t come cheap. In October it was reported by The Sun that he could cost £40 million.
That would be a small price for Arsenal to pay given how bad they have been at the back, however.
David Luiz has looked inconsistent, Sokratis hasn’t been the answer so far and if Shkodran Mustafi is the answer, what on earth is the question?
The Gunners must improve defensively and signing the Bundesliga star could be a stroke of genius.
Changing of the guard
Despite his tender years, Upamecano has over appearances to his name – 89 of which have come during his time with Leipzig.
Arsenal must change the face of their defensive unit. Signing Luiz might have looked decent on the face of things but his arrival hasn’t really improved much.
Rob Holding is deemed as one for the future still but he can’t seem to stay fit long enough to make a genuine impact.
The Gunners are in dire straits right now and until things change at the back, their form might get worse before it gets better.
If Arsenal have £40 million to spend in January then they could do a lot worse than complete a deal for Upamecano.