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Arsenal should reignite interest in PSG defender Thomas Meunier

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Arsenal should reignite interest in PSG defender Thomas Meunier

Arsenal have just two days left to bolster their defensive options.

The transfer window is closing on Friday and the Gunners are yet to do any business this month.

It would appear, at least, that a loan deal for Flamengo centre-half Pablo Mari is set to come to fruition (BBC Sport).

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That will give cover in the central areas, but Arsenal have also been linked with moves for Layvin Kurzawa (Telegraph) and Cedric Soares (Telegraph) in recent days.

That would suggest Arteta is keen to land a full-back before the window closes.

Southampton star Cedric is supposedly being considered with his contract expiring at the end of the season, but the Gunners would surely be better served reigniting their summer interest in Thomas Meunier.

The Belgian, a teammate of Kurzawa at PSG, is also into the final six months of his contract, and he would be a much better addition this month.

 

TBR’s view – Versatile Meunier should be the priority

Arsenal need to drop all interest in Soares and Kurzawa and focus their efforts in the next 48 hours on trying to sign Meunier, a man who has the ability to play on either flank.

The 28-year-old, who was linked with a switch to the Emirates Stadium last summer (Daily Mail), is naturally right-footed, but proved at the 2018 World Cup with Belgium he can do a job down the left.

(Photo by Aurelien Meunier – PSG/PSG via Getty Images)

That would be ideal for Arsenal, who have lost left-back Kieran Tierney until around April time.

PSG may be forced to sell given his contract situation, and it should be a no-brainer for Arsenal to at least attempt a late January pursuit.

The 6ft 3in ace is physically strong and enjoys a tussle, highlighted by his average of 1.9 tackles per 90 so far this term (WhoScored).

He is also a decent ball-player (84% accuracy) which is always a good trait to have as an Arsenal player.

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