first_img Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 28 Sep 2019 9:12 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link939Shares Arsenal urged to sign Kalidou Koulibaly by ex-Gunners midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong Comment Koulibaly is one of the most highly-rated defenders in Europe (Picture: Getty)Arsenal must rethink their transfer strategy and look to the likes of Kalidou Koulibaly to shore up their defence, according to former midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong.The Gunners will face Manchester United on Monday night (kick-off 8pm) knowing that victory would put them six points clear of their rivals and keep them in the top four.However, they have only won three of their first six Premier League fixtures and had to score twice in the last 10 minutes to come from 2-1 behind against promoted Aston Villa to win their most recent league game.Arsenal’s defence has been highlighted as the main problem and it is not a new issue – they have conceded 102 goals in their last two Premier League campaigns, a figure they have not exceeded since 1984.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThey have conceded twice in each of their last three Premier League matches including throwing away a comfortable 2-0 lead at Vicarage Road, leaving former Arsenal midfielder Frimpong, now retired because of injury, wondering why they signed David Luiz over the summer.‘I watched the game against Watford and it wasn’t good,’ Frimpong told Meta Ratings.‘Our defence is certainly weaker, when you compare it to Liverpool or Man City. Luiz joined Arsenal in the summer (Picture: Getty)‘David Luiz has been making some mistakes, and in my opinion there’s little difference between Luiz and Mustafi; I would rather see Calum Chambers selected.‘They need to be buying better defenders, like Koulibaly, who can make a big impact on Arsenal’s team.‘Yes, a Koulibaly! They have to improve the defence to challenge.’ Emery is in his second season at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)‘All I know is that Arsenal players need someone to really motivate them because you can see at Liverpool, every game they are always motivated, they press every team, but with Arsenal I feel like players are too comfortable.They have bad games and they are still selected. Even if they have a bad game or a half decent game, they’re still going to play the next game.‘That’s the problem with Arsenal at the moment; their squad is just very lightweight.’MORE: Glenn Hoddle singles out ‘different class’ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Manchester UnitedMore: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Emery reflects on ‘frustrating’ 2-2 draw with WatfordTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:47FullscreenEmery reflects on ‘frustrating’ 2-2 draw with Watfordhttps://metro.co.uk/video/emery-reflects-frustrating-2-2-draw-watford-2006290/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Koulibaly has been repeatedly linked with a move to the Premier League but United are the ones who have been scouting him for longer than anyone else.However, they have never come close to agreeing a deal because Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis values him at ‘triple the price of Harry Maguire’.But not only is Frimpong worried about the personnel on the pitch, he is not even sure whether Arsenal have the manager to turn the squad around.‘I don’t know if [Unai] Emery is or isn’t the right man to take Arsenal forward,’ Frimpong added. Advertisementlast_img

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