In what has been a largely disappointing campaign from a defensive point of view for Arsenal – the Gunners have already conceded 34 goals in the Premier League – it has been little surprise to see them being linked with a whole host of centre-backs in this January transfer window.
Reports in recent weeks have claimed the Gunners have earmarked the likes of Nathan Ake and Dayot Upamecano as potential targets, and it now appears a new man has entered the mix.
According to Mykola Matviyenko’s agent, the north London side have been in talks with Arsenal’s representatives, and that they are keen to get a deal done for the 23-year-old before the end of the winter window.
After hearing about the links to the Shakhtar Donetsk ace, Arsenal fans took to Twitter to voice their thoughts on the situation.
So Raul is always surprising us with signings!
— Bawest (@Maurice_Bawest) January 22, 2020
I hope he’s the CB version Martinelli.
— pieces_of_me (@AZGR199X) January 22, 2020
A couple of fans expressed the opinion that they would rather sign Matviyenko than go for Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng, a player who has also been linked with a possible January switch to the Emirates.
Rather buy this guy than boateng. And I know absolutely nothing about him
— Henry W. (@WalterAFC_) January 22, 2020
Just finished watching a Mykola Matviyenko comp and I have to say, defending like that is needed at the carpet. Would much rather prefer him than that finished Boateng…
— Chiefz (@ChiefzAFC) January 23, 2020
A few fans however took particular issue with Matviyenko’s height – the Ukrainian stands at just 5 foot 11.
Not big enough. We shouldn’t be looking at any central defenders below 6’1
— MarcusAFC (@worldstarbro) January 22, 2020
yikes only 5’11 for a cb
— George (@DictateurGeorge) January 22, 2020
We don’t need a 5ft11 unknown Cb! We need a beast like Vvd signing average young players isn’t going to improve our defence.
— Gabigol🇧🇷💦💦 (@yungbappe) January 22, 2020
Amidst Arsenal’s injury crisis at the back – the likes of Calum Chambers, Sead Kolasinac and Kieran Tierney are all out of action at the moment – it is rather unsurprising to hear Matviyenko’s agent claim that the Gunners are interested in securing the services of the Ukrainian ace.
The north London side are in need of quantity, as well as quality, and so whilst he may not be the most high-profile name they could go for, they simply need a body to reinforce their defensive ranks.
That would ease the burden on the likes of Sokratis, David Luiz, Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding, and also provide them with genuine competition for the rest of this campaign.