Reported Arsenal target and Marseille defender Nicolas N’Koulou has played down talks of him joining the Gunners this summer. But do we really need him?
The 22-year-old was quoted on SkySports.com saying:
‘I remain a Marseille player.
‘A lot of things can still happen before the end of the season but I won’t get concerned with that yet.’
The Cameroon international has been in impressive form for Didier Deschamps’ side since his summer move from Monaco last year, with many European clubs said to be monitoring the centre-back’s progress.
Now apparently Arsenal leads this pack, and I don’t see why to be honest.
I don’t necessarily believe we need another centre-back coming in, unless one departs, which is highly unlikely in my opinion.
Johan Djouoru recently signed a new deal with the club, as did Thomas Vermaelen, while Laurent Koscielny is arguably our best defender and Per Mertesacker only arrived at the start of the season. We also have Alex Song who can fill in if required. So ultimately there will be no room for N’Koulou.
Now unless one of the four defenders mentioned above decide to call it quits and depart this summer, there is no real need for us to splash out on another centre-back. This money can be used on other areas of the team which need addressing.
However, N’Koulou is a talented player, one which we should keep tabs on. Possibly in the future we should make a move for him, but, for the time being at least, I don’t believe we are in dire need of his services.
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