Sunday, April 18, 2021

Arsenal showing interest in 21-year-old RB Leipzig defender

Mikel Arteta has a tough road ahead with Arsenal. Gunners haven’t had the best of seasons in the Premier League this year. There were very high expectations of the club before the season but they haven’t been live up to that.

Defense was always the problem for Arsenal but this season Mikel Arteta has made strides to improve the club’s defence. However, this season brought out a new problem as Arsenal are now struggling to create chances.

For a club like Arsenal finishing in the top 6 is a must. Closing in on the final part of the season Arsenal find themselves in the 10th position in the table. The club will surely be disappointed with their performances.

But for the management has decided to stick with Mikel Arteta and give him some more time. On the attacking end things are improving for Arsenal. They are on a good run as they secured qualification for the next round of the Europa League and beat Leicester 3-1 in their last league game.

Arsenal keeping an eye on Leipzig's Ibrahima Konate.
Arsenal keeping an eye on Leipzig’s Ibrahima Konate.

On the attacking end, things are improving. An infusion of talent from the youth ranks has shown an impact for Mikel Arteta. However the defense is still very inconsistent in terms of performance.

Gabriel Magalhaes was a good signing for the Gunners. However, they need to find a suitable partner for him as Luiz and Holding haven’t been doing very well. Luckily the Gunners have someone in their mind.

Arsenal scouting Leipzig’s Ibrahima Konate:

Leipzig are slowly building their reputation for developing young talented players. The club saw some key players leave in the recent past. First Timo Werner and now Dayot Upamecano will leave the club this summer.

But they still have a good core and are playing very well in the Bundesliga. The signing of Dominik Szoboszlai has been very exciting for the fans. However, a major part of the club’s success has been Ibrahim Konate’s performances.

Arsenal among a group of top clubs monitoring Konate.
Arsenal among a group of top clubs monitoring Konate.

Konate has been impressive for the club in their defensive lines. His presence had a good role in making the Leipzig defense so tough to break down. Ralf Rangick Leipzig’s former sporting director had a lot of praise for him.

“He’s a young, highly-gifted player who’ll strengthen our defence. We’re very happy to have been able to bring in this top talent”. There are a few others in Leipzig: I see Ibrahim Konate on the same level [as Upamecano],” Ragnick said.

According to reports from the Standard a lot of clubs are interested in the player and Arsenal are among them. Upamecano’s departure will leave a hole in the team and this is a perfect opportunity for Konate to step up.

The player still has 2 years left on his contract. Whether clubs will try to sign him now or wait to see how he develops still remains a question. But one thing is certain he will certainly be a player to look out for.


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