2 – Medhi Benatia
Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Medhi Benatia from Bayern Munich this summer to strengthen their depleted back line. Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista have both come under strong criticism this season for their defensive performances and their inability to nail down a starting position. According to the Daily Star Arsenal will once again turn to Benatia in bid to strengthen their defence. The Gunners missed out on the 29-year-old two years ago and is keen on him again.
Arsenal will have to hope Bayern sign a new defender in order for them to get their man, with the likely arrival of Mats Hummels to push him even further down in the pecking order Benatia would certainly look for a move away in bid to regain first team football.
There have been question marks raised whether as to whether or not Per Mertesacker will still be at Arsenal this summer after a decline in form, and Gabriel hasn’t managed to convince Arsene Wenger, it is very likely Wenger will strengthen his back line this summer. The Gunners are known to be weak at the back and especially with aerial duels, Mertesacker is first out of the defender with 77.61% which is very impressive in such a tough league. Benatia is second on 66.67% and Gabriel last on 47%.
Arsenal are desperate to rebuild the core of their team with a defender high on the list. They haven’t been able to replace the likes of Martin Keown and Sol Campbell and will look to do so this summer.