Arsenal fans on Twitter have advised the club against a move for Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti to replace Laurent Koscielny this summer.
Koscielny was forced to miss the first half of the season with an achilles injury but returned to play 29 matches in all competitions while starting both legs of the Gunners’ Europa League semi-final victory against Valencia.
Umtiti was a regular for France during their triumphant 2018 World Cup, but a knee injury coupled with a downward spiral of form has seen the Cameroonian-born defender struggle to win back his place in Ernesto Valverde’s team, as he made just 14 La Liga appearances.
Despite the 25-year old’s stunning CV that includes two La Liga titles and a pair of Copa Del Rey trophies, in addition to the World Cup, Arsenal supporters have been scared off by his injury record.
Check out the best of the reaction below!
60m for a guy who needs knee surgery is insane
— @ClarenceWhorley Lives (@NewportAntifa) May 24, 2019
He’s only got one knee. What about Konate or Hermoso
— Michael (@JjMike11) May 24, 2019
Injury prone player, that’s why Barca are selling him.
— Benjamin hazard (@Ben_hackhim) May 24, 2019
Injury prone player and that’s a big problem for us in recent seasons. We dont need to add to the problem.
— Stealthgunner (@Stealthgunner14) May 24, 2019
Reports in spanish press say he wants to stay, but Barcelona desperately want to get rid off him.
Also I read that his knee is still so bad, Barcelona medical staff doubt that he could even passa medical test at a new club.
Class defender, but theres so many red flags too.
— Flying Finn (@TuomasSaarinen4) May 24, 2019
Arsenal don’t have that money, we are not city. We can’t spend 60million on a injury prone defender
— KPIEKNOM-THEA (@ISHAYAMAUDE) May 24, 2019
Great. Spend €60m we don’t necessarily have on another injury prone player.
— Supernova (@supanova_7) May 24, 2019
Umtiti isn’t going to be our Van Dijk. He’s a good player but he doesn’t strike me as a leader. Any €60 million for a player who is always injured is a waste of money.
— Gil Nana (@gilfie8) May 24, 2019