Arsenal will kick off their latest Premier League campaign on Sunday against Liverpool, without having an established defence in place.
Gunners’ manager Arsène Wenger has had something of a torrid time with injuries to his defensive roster. Long-term injuries to Gabriel and newly announced captain Per Mertesacker have seen Arsenal’s defence denuded of experience and class.
While Wenger has strengthened the back line over the summer with the signing of Bolton Wanderers’ England U21 defender, Rob Holding, the veteran Frenchman has failed to sign a top name during the transfer season.
Persistent stories linking Valencia centre-back Shkodran Musfati with a move to London have, so far, yet to materialise.
Now, according to the Daily Mail, the Germany international is set to secure a five-year deal within the next 48 hours for a cost of some £30 million.
While the German has a release clause of £42 million, it is understood that an agreement between the two clubs is a mere formality. It was reported overnight that Valencia owner Peter Lim had travelled to London for direct talks with the Emirates based club and it now appears that the talks have been successful.
Gunners fans will be boosted by the news of an imminent deal as following a summer where Arsenal’s main rivals all strengthened their squads over the summer. News of the arrival of a top class defender will therefore be seen as a very timely addition to the defensive line.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena