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Arsenal should target £40m-rated enforcer if Dayot Upamecano isn’t available

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Arsenal should target £40m-rated enforcer if Dayot Upamecano isn’t available

Nathan Ake is set to be in the sights of several clubs this summer.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has overseen a mini-revival in recent weeks and the Gunners fans are daring to dream of European qualification for next season.

The Spaniard oversaw two miserable defeats to Manchester City and Brighton following the restart but things have picked up.

Arsenal have won their last four in all competitions and are starting to look more settled as a team.

Arteta won’t be resting on his laurels, however, and whether the Gunners qualify for Europe or not, it’s shaping up to be a busy summer at the Emirates Stadium.

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Dayot Upamecano has been a long-term transfer target for Arsenal but that could now be one to brush under the carpet.

A report by The Mirror has claimed that the Frenchman could sign a new deal and choose to leave the club at a later date.

Arsenal can’t afford to stand still, however, and must strengthen their defensive ranks during the next window.

That could lead them to turn towards other targets and Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake might prove an ideal signing.

The talented Dutchman will almost certainly depart the Cherries should they fail in their quest to survive relegation.

 

Ake was valued at £40 million during the January transfer window, with the Gunners apparently interested in signing him (Telegraph).

Arsenal currently have David Luiz, Sokratis, Shkodran Mustafi, Pablo Mari and Rob Holding vying for places at centre-back. William Saliba will also join the ranks next season after a loan with Saint-Etienne.

Quality

Despite a plethora of defensive players already at his disposal, Arteta might seek a stellar centre-back.

Signing Ake makes perfect sense. If Bournemouth are relegated they might consider lowering the £40 million valuation and the 25-year-old boasts 144 Premier League appearances to his name.

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The left-footed nature of Ake also makes him ideal for Arsenal and the fact he is comfortable playing out from the back would suit Arteta’s style.

Arsenal might have to be shrewd with their spending in the summer but a defender looks a must.

Ake is paid £40,000-a-week at the Vitality Stadium and he is unlikely to demand stupid money to join Arteta’s revolution.

The Gunners haven’t done enough against the Premier League’s top teams and a player like Ake could help change that.

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