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The intrigue of Jean-Philippe Gbamin

Posted on February 10, 2019 by Harry Kettle

The January transfer window may have just come to an end, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start looking ahead to the future. A lot of Gunners fans wanted to see a bit more activity during the winter window than we got, and that’s understandable. The club needs some more bodies, especially with such a gruelling period ahead of them and with the race for the top four really hotting up.

To buy, or not to buy

According to recent reports, Arsenal manager Unai Emery is already looking into the possibility of spending big money on a defender in the summer transfer window. That should come as a surprise to precisely nobody, because that’s easily the weakest position for the club and has been for quite some time now. They really do need to invest heavily in the future, and that’s been the case ever since Arsene Wenger was in charge.

The main man who they’re currently looking at goes by the name of Jean-Philippe Gbamin, who many fans probably wouldn’t have heard of before. The 23 year old has been with Mainz 05 since back in 2016, when he made the switch over from RC Lens. He is an Ivory Coast international having made his debut in 2017, and for the most part, he’s considered to be a really exciting youngster within the realms of both European and African football.

Thinking for the Arsenal of tomorrow

A combination of poor performances and injuries have left Arsenal short at the back in more ways than one this season, and that¬†really¬†needs to be looked into. If they want to keep progressing as the years go on under Emery, then they need to be getting behind him behind the scenes. Nobody wants to beat a dead horse, but there are only a certain amount of times that we can hold back from saying what everyone is thinking: without a stable back four, the Gunners won’t be able to win the Premier League.

Gbamin is unproven in English football, but without bringing him over and testing the waters, we’ll never know what he’s truly capable of. Arsenal have taken risks like this before with varying degrees of success, but we’re in a position where throwing everything against the wall and seeing what sticks isn’t the worst idea.

Do you think Arsenal should go ahead and try to buy Gbamin, or are there better alternatives out there?

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