According to Le10sport, Arsenal are interested in making a move for Watford centre-back Christian Kabasele in this January transfer window.
Amidst the Gunners’ injury crisis at the back – Calum Chambers was ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury whilst Rob Holding is working his way back to full fitness – defensive additions would surely be a welcome boost for Mikel Arteta.
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And according to French publication Le10sport, the north London side are one of a number of Premier League teams including Manchester United, Newcastle and West Ham, who have their eyes on making a move for Kabasele this month.
The report further claims that whilst Watford are keen on tying down the 6 foot 2 man to a new deal at Vicarage Road, contacts are underway for a possible transfer.
Following the appointment of Arteta as the club’s head coach, the Gunners have been intent on restoring a sense of identity and purpose in their style of play in these early weeks under the Spaniard.
The north London side have started to play out from the back once more, with Bernd Leno taking his time to pick out the full-backs whenever possible, and the central defenders looking to bring the ball out of defence – just look at the 18-pass goal they scored against Crystal Palace on Saturday, a move that started from the back.
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And that last bit is exactly why Arsenal should avoid swooping for Kabasele. Whilst the Belgian has considerable Premier League experience in his time with Watford, he hasn’t shown a penchant for being particularly good or useful with the ball at his feet. Throughout his Hornets career, he has never averaged above 75% in pass accuracy, whilst this season has seen him make just 28.1 average passes per game.
Those statistics mean that he is even considerably worse than Arsenal man Shkodran Mustafi, who has a career average of 82.6% pass accuracy, and 48.2 average passes per game. The Gunners need someone who is comfortable in possession, and is cool, calm and collected in trying to find the right ball into the midfielders and attackers. Kabasele simply isn’t that.