Judging by the last 10 games last season, Per Mertesacker who turns 32 in September won’t be first choice for Arsenal next season. In fact, judging by the number of centre backs linked with Arsenal so far, it appears Wenger is already making plans to replace the German. However, we have once again suffered a huge blow in signing Napoli’s defender Kalidou Koulibally who has been linked with a move to Arsenal this summer according to report in the Mirror.
Reports states London rival Chelsea were able to sign the centre defender with a £30million offer to beat the Gunners who were keen to sign him.
Once negotiations over a new contract between the Serie A side and the player hit the rock; the player decided his future lay elsewhere.
Initial report claim that the Gunners were in pole position to sign the talented Senegalese defender as the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was ready to send Calum Chambers out on loan.
The Senegalese defender was a key member of Serie A side Napoli which boasted of having one of the best defensive records in the Serie A this season.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been in search of a centre back to partner French defender Koscielny next season having missed out in signing Koulibally, the Arsenal manger will have to move in to sign Bayern Munich defender Mehdi Benatia or Roma’s Kostas Manolas as the French tactician eyes bringing in a top quality defender this summer.