Borussia Dortmund centre-back Manuel Akanji shone in Switzerland’s impressive 1-1 draw with pre-tournament favourites Brazil in their opening World Cup group game on Sunday, and Arsenal fans have urged their club to sign the 22-year-old.
The former Basel man lined up alongside Gunners new boy Stephan Lichtsteiner in the back four against Neymar and Co, but he and his defensive teammates produced a strong performance as they picked up what could be a valuable point in their bid to reach the knockout stages.
Meanwhile, the north London outfit already look set to add Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos to their squad this summer, but Unai Emery could be tempted to sign another centre-half given his new team’s problems last season, and the fact that Laurent Koscielny could be out of action until 2019.
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Arsenal supporters, who want their club to make a shock move to sign another 31-year-old star after his impressive World Cup performance, were quick to have their say on Akanji’s display via social media, and while one labelled him as a “future Arsenal CB”, another said “please Arsenal go and sign this Akanji”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Akanji is really composed on the ball. Current BVB player….
Future Arsenal CB ??
— Ali Lansah Ismail (@ali_lansah) June 17, 2018
@Arsenal go swap the old man lichstiner for akanji please
— kofi (@kaywart) June 17, 2018
— Charma c charma (@Charma05) June 17, 2018
Manuel Akanji is the kind of defender Arsenal: young, two-footed, strong, and technical
— Kwame (@sirkwamen) June 17, 2018
— Fifebi Olonisakin (@FifebiO) June 17, 2018
— Kriston V (@itskristonvee) June 17, 2018
Hey yo @arsenal, ask about this Akanji boy from Xhaka. We might as well become team Switzerland.
— BlacK Jack Folly (@MillenialN) June 17, 2018
Akanji played a good game,looks a solid CB for such a young age! @Arsenal are you looking at him?
— sachin dhopade (@dhopade) June 17, 2018