Arsenal line-up £10m defender

By on May 6, 2010
Carlos Vela Arsenal 2008/09

By Fab4.

Another day and another player linked with a move to Arsenal. This time it’s Senegal defender Pape Diakhate who is apparently on Arsene Wengers radar, according to reports. With Arsenal set for a defensive shake-up this summer, with Gallas, Senderos, Silvestre and Campbell all out of contract, the 25-year-old Diakhate has been shortlisted by Wenger as a possible replacement.

With a price tag of £10m, he is within Arsenal’s financial reach but has also attracted interest from Juventus, Chelsea, Liverpool and Bayrern Munich. The 6ft Dynamo Kiev stopper has been on loan at French side Saint Etienne since january and has impressed with his versatility as he can play at both left back and central defense as well as defensive midfield. Perhaps an important benefit to Arsene is that Diakhate also speaks English so would integrate well into the premier league.

Diakhate has been described as being an aggressive, strong, fast and technical centre back, but can have problems marking and struggles in the air. Sounds absolutely perfect for Arsenal then! We have enough players who are technically sound but can’t actually defend a set piece or be dominant in the air.

Arsenal have been linked with him a couple of times now and after watching him play against us at the Emirates in the champions league in 2008, i can’t say im too excited about this one. He didn’t come across as being the assured and dominant centre back Arsenal require. He reminded me of  a poor mans Kolo Toure. Perhaps he has developed in the last couple of years and I haven’t seen him play much, but I would sooner see Arsenal follow up interest in Hangeland, Subotic or Zapata than sign Diakhate.

What do Arsenal fans make of Diakhate, would he be a decent signing? Please leave your comments below…

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13 Comments

  1. Jay

    May 6, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    I’m not looking forward to this….I hope it’s just talk.

    Because even tho Diakhate is strong he’s very injury prone
    and that is NOT what we need we need and experienced center back that can get the job done and maybe even teach our back four a thing or two about winning balls in thee air. Wenger PLEASE don’t sign him.

  2. Shingo

    May 6, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    If that defnder is within arsenal financial reach wahat are we waiting for?

  3. Dasio

    May 6, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    If wenger says it’s okay then it’s okay….

  4. Sir TY

    May 6, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    I would prefer we bring in an experienced defender such as Jagelka or Hangeland who would settle in right away with the everyday tussle of the Prem. Lge He could very well be the next Thomas Varmaelin but would rather someone of the prem’s metal

  5. dilly

    May 6, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    must be not very good if his club sent him on loan

  6. MistaKen

    May 6, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Exactly dilly. We should not be buying players who cant get into their fist team. Chahil and Haagerland will fight until the final whistle and this is the attitude what we have not had for 5 seasons.

  7. MistaKen

    May 6, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Exactly dilly. We should not be buying players who cant get into their fist team. Chahil and Haagerland will fight until the final whistle and this is the attitude that we have not had for 5 seasons.

  8. Titus

    May 6, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    Arsene hasn’t learned his African lesson. These guys are away every two years for about four weeks to play in the ANC.When they come back,they could be injured,lose form ,etc.I say enough of these guys.Go for epl or Europe born players so that we don’t have this problem evry two years.

  9. Sunny

    May 7, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Plz aw what we need is a player dat can adapt fast and also good on set pieces and not an injury prone type, plz aw go 4 hengeland, cahil or chellini, also sign james milner and joe hart.

  10. Sunny

    May 7, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Plz aw what we need is a player dat can adapt fast to our style of play and also good on set pieces and not an injury prone type, plz aw go 4 hengeland, cahil or chellini, also sign james milner and joe hart to mind the post.

  11. GILBO

    May 7, 2010 at 9:53 am

    If he is that good, why is he out on loan

  12. arberii

    May 7, 2010 at 10:13 am

    i think that arsenal needs two difensis and is hangeland and diarra they are perfect for arsenal

  13. Duane

    May 7, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Silly season all again

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