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Arsenal reportedly in talks to sign Evan Ndicka

An update has emerged on Arsenal and their interest in signing Evan Ndicka from Eintracht Frankfurt…

What’s the talk?

German journalist Christian Falk has revealed that the Gunners are one of three clubs in talks with the player’s representatives as they eye a potential swoop for the central defender.

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His current deal with Frankfurt is due to expire at the end of the season and Arsenal could snap him up on a pre-contract agreement ahead of the summer.

Falk told CaughtOffside: “I think there’s a good chance that he’ll sign this contract but there are many clubs interested at the moment, one of them is Arsenal. It’s not so concrete that Frankfurt are really afraid of losing him.

“They also know what his qualities are at the moment, so perhaps it’s too much of a big step for him at this point. They hope that they will sign him up on another contract. Arsenal, Tottenham and AC Milan – I think they’re all talking to the agent but it’s not massively concrete at the moment as Gladbach are confident about their chances of extending his contract.”

Big upgrade

Arsenal could land a big upgrade on current centre-back option Rob Holding by securing a swoop to sign the 6 foot 2 colossus from Frankfurt.

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The Englishman has been called upon five times in the Premier League this season and averaged a Sofascore rating of 6.57, after managing a score of 6.79 across 15 appearances in the top-flight last term.

Ndicka, meanwhile, averaged a score of 7.12 in 32 appearances for Frankfurt in the Bundesliga in 2021/22. He won 60% of his individual duels and made 3.4 tackles and interceptions per match, whilst Holding has averaged 2.4 tackles and interceptions per game throughout his entire career.

Former Frankfurt player Alexander Schur once claimed the colossus “shows no nerves” and his former boss, Adi Hutter, previously lauded his progress, saying: “I honestly have to say that I was surprised by his development. Evan has developed phenomenally. He’s very attentive in the analysis of his own game. He’s very modest and always takes a lot on board.”

These comments suggests that the gem could be a dream to work with for Mikel Arteta and, at the age of 23, he still has plenty of developing left to do, which means that Ndicka could be an excellent long-term signing for the club.

Meanwhile, Holding, 27, is not a promising young player and his performance levels over the past 18 months indicate that he is not at the same level as the Frankfurt tank, which is why Arsenal can improve their side by bringing in the Frenchman to replace the English dud.