Last summer, Arsenal fans were kept awake at night with the pending arrival of Thomas Lemar from AS Monaco. In the end, that transfer never materialised and the Gunners were left severely disappointed. But fast-forward a few months and do you think Arsenal fans will look back at the summer in regret? I don’t think so.
An amazing 2018 January window has quelled the worries of the summer and the Gunners are now in a stronger position than they would have been with Thomas Lemar in the team. The signings of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang mean Arsenal’s attack is in its best shape since the Invincibles and no more reinforcements are needed in the slightest. The truth is, Henrikh Mkhitaryan brings more to Arsenal’s build-up play than Thomas Lemar ever could. Instead, Arsene Wenger has more pressing issues to worry about.
The performances of Granit Xhaka this season have shown now more than ever that Arsenal STILL hasn’t replaced the defensive solidity of Gilberto Silva. Without someone to sit back and screen the back four, Arsenal look susceptible to conceding goals & points on the counter-attack. Until they sure up the midfield, the Gunners can never be considered as title contenders, regardless of how many attackers they purchase. The solution to this problem could lie in the city of Monaco.
Arsenal tried to do business with AS Monaco last season for both Kylian Mbappé AND Thomas Lemar and the French club were firm in their stance. Now the Ligue 1 Champions are in a far less strong position, sitting 3rd in the league, 12 points behind Paris Saint-Germain. Add to that situation, the departures of Kylian Mbappé, Bernardo Silva, Tiemoue Bakayoko& Benjamin Mendy have left the French club in a perilous situation. Now they’re no longer an attractive proposition that players want to stay at.
So, if Arsenal need a competent defensive midfielder, there are none more powerful and better than Fabinho. The 24-year-old’s move to Manchester United was blocked in the summer so Jose Mourinho persisted to sign Nemanja Matic instead. That leaves the door open for Arsenal to be front-runners for the Brazilian powerhouse this summer. He is valued at £36m and that’s a price certainly within Arsenal’s reach.
For those who may not know, Fabinho is a powerful defensive midfielder that excels at winning aerial duels, shielding possession, producing key passes, winning tackles and traveling with the ball through the middle third. He has all the traits to not only thrive in an Arsene Wenger team, he has the physical presence to improve the Gunners immensely.
If Arsene Wenger wants to ensure his team are ready to challenge for a title next season, he must do everything in his power to secure the services of Fabinho. He would certainly transform Arsenal’s team chemistry more than a £90m-rated Thomas Lemar.