Arsenal’s defensive problems were once again on display against West Ham United at the weekend and the Gunners should look to sign Getafe centre-back Djene Dakonam in this summer’s transfer window.
Arsenal’s poor away form in the Premier League continued on Saturday afternoon when they suffered a 1-0 defeat at West Ham.
The Gunners have not actually kept a single clean sheet on the road in the Premier League this season and that might cost them the chance to finish in the top four.
Sokratis, Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny started as the back three at West Ham, but all three were fairly disappointing.
There is no question that Unai Emery needs to bring a new centre-back to the club, but the Gunners boss said last week that he would be unable to sign any players on permanent deals this month.
The situation will change this summer, however, and the London club should make a move for Getafe’s brilliant defender Dakonam.
Dakonam has been outstanding for Getafe since joining the Spanish outfit from Belgian club Sint-Truden in the summer of 2017.
The Togo international proved his worth in Spain’s top flight last season, but has taken his performances to a new level this term.
He was outstanding against Barcelona earlier this month and has helped Getafe boast one of the strongest defensive records in La Liga during the 2018-19 campaign.
Quick, powerful and an excellent reader of the game, Dakonam would be an outstanding signing for Arsenal.
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Getafe president Angel Torres told Cadena Cope last year that Dakonam’s contract included a buyout of £31m.
And Emery should make it a priority to improve his defence with the signing of the 27-year-old ahead of the 2019-2020 campaign.