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Is Dayot Upamecano The Answer To Arsenal's Defensive Woes?

Reports recently surfaced of a clause in 21 year old French defender Dayot Upamecano contract at RB Leipzig that states his release clause drops €17 Million in value every season, the current drop sees it settle at around 55 - 60 Million Euro's and predictably the vultures are circling. Surprisingly Arsenal seem to be one of the leading candidates. As I have previously covered, I believe this potential signing fits the mould of the New Arsenal quite well.

Upamecano is a young but extremely polished center back, his tutelage at Leipzig has seen him emerge as one of the premier defenders in all of Germany at his tender age and would take any defense up a level but this is where the problem comes in. Arsenal clearly need him but do they Need him - Need him? A young but polished center back was already purchased in the previous window (William Saliba from St. Etienne ) for half the price and while Upamecano is well experienced is it wise to pair two under 23 defenders at the heart of a defense with an 18 year wingback and a still relatively young RB with no imposing CDM? Mikel Arteta is coming from the Pep- Wenger tree and over the course of boths long managerial careers at no point did the field two upcoming defenders consistently, there was always the established veteran- established veteran combo or the established vet and the young kid coming along combo, with Pep it shows with Puyol- Pique, Dante- Boateng, Martinez-Boateng, Hummels- Boateng, Kompany- Stones, Kompany-Otamendi and now Otamendi- Laporte, his never gone as young as Arsenal are potentially about to and one has to ask whether or not that will affect bis pupils decision making.

Whether we should Purchase Upamecano depends strictly on budget, I desperately want him but what's the point of splurging 70% of our budget on our 4th biggest need? The first and most obvious need is a technically quality imposing CDM who can do all the dirty work but still contribute in Arteta high tempo build up, the second need is another creative force to take the immense pressure off Ozil to create everything and the third is a goal scoring midfielder to help carry the load with Aubameyang and add a new dimension to our build up play. Now if we can fill all 3 of those and there is still enough money left over, by all means splurge on Upamecano but if not it pains me to say this but let it pass.

A quality CDM is a must for the club right now, that's the answer for the current woes, if Bukayo Saka continues to bomb forward as a wingback we need someone to cover him the way Xhaka does but can actually physically keep up with the all world athletes running at him and for me I would honestly spend half of the asking price for Upamecano on David Alaba, Alaba a living legend in Bavaria is part of the old guard being filtered out the club and with Alphonso Davis emerging he has become for the first time in a long fruitful Bayern career expendable. His been around so long you forget his still only 27 years old and actually in his prime, the reported asking price is 30 million and Alaba has experience playing in the Heart of a team from his International duties with Austria so he won't be green to the role. As an Arsenal fan I fear every time Saka recklessly charges forward with no thought of tracking back but it would greatly calm my heart seeing him push the tempo and Alaba slides right by the empty space he just left. The interest has been mutual with Alaba even confessing he grew up an Arsenal fan, I'm entirely invested in this transfer, Alaba is more than technical enough to exist in Arteta-ball and is still enough of a physical freak to impose himself in a midfield.

So to answer the question, no Upamecano does not solve Arsenal's defensive woes and for a cash strapped organization if it's not feeling a need no matter how desperately we may long for it, it's not worth it.

By ElijahMabMwamba.

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