Arsenal’s reported January transfer target Kostas Manolas, rated at £31.5m by Transfermarkt, suffered a defensive nightmare in AS Roma’s 5-2 defeat against Liverpool in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final tie at Anfield on Tuesday night, and Gunners fans were quick to have their say on his performance.
Reliable BBC journalist David Ornstein tweeted on January 31 that the north London outfit were considering a move for Manolas, but no deal materialised before the window slammed shut.
It is unclear whether they could reignite their interest in the 26-year-old this summer however, with central defence looking to be one of the priority positions for strengthening for Arsene Wenger’s successor, with Shkodran Mustafi coming under huge criticism from fans on Twitter in recent weeks.
Arsenal supporters took to social media to give their thoughts on Manolas’ latest display, and while one said “Manolas is worse than Mustafi”, another said they would “rather play Koscielny on crutches”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
I wanted Manolas to join Arsenal this summer but tonight's performance has been a shocker
— Indian Iwobi (@IndianIwobi17) April 24, 2018
Manolas playing like Mustafi after those Arsenal rumors.
— Alex (@goonermvp) April 24, 2018
DO NOT SIGN MANOLAS @Arsenal
— Alex (@AlexCullen17) April 24, 2018
Mustafi is better than Manolas.
Don't @ me #arsenal
— Matthew Bauer (@Matt_bauer5) April 24, 2018
manolas has been dreadful today i can't wait for arsenal to sign him
— O x B (@KonyChimel) April 24, 2018
Imagine wanting Manolas at Arsenal.
Even Roma fans are fed up of him.
Rather play Koscielny on crutches.
— Merci Arsène Wenger (@Arsenal490304) April 24, 2018
Manolas is just a glorified Mustafi. Really don't get the hype fazio is way better CB than him
— s¹ (@OneTouchPass_) April 24, 2018
swear I saw someone tweeted Manolas is world class 😂😂 another Mustafi
— Ö (@GoonerWilsh) April 24, 2018
But you want Manolas? Rather keep Mustafi ngl
— HJ (@EIneny) April 24, 2018
Manolas is Mustafi 2.0 – sliding all over the pitch smh
— unknown 🕊 (@egzonbe_) April 24, 2018
Manolas is worst than Mustafi
— #MerciArsène 💚★❤ (@tadhase) April 24, 2018