Emmanuel Frimpong has urged Arsenal to target Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly in order to finally solve their defensive woes.
Arsenal have only registered one clean sheet in their opening six Premier League games this season. Therefore, Unai Emery’s men boast the league’s fifth-worst defensive record having already conceded 10 goals.
Emery has tended to stick with a back four consisting of Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, David Luiz and Sead Kolasinac. With these players struggling to deliver, however, club supporters have been calling for changes.
The most popular calls are for the returning injured full-backs Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney, who both made their comebacks in Tuesday’s 5-0 EFL Cup win over Nottingham Forest, to replace Maitland-Niles and Kolasinac respectively.
While Calum Chambers’ excellent form could see him rival Sokratis and even summer signing Luiz at centre-back. Rob Holding didn’t look bad either on his scoring return against Nottingham.
But Frimpong, who graduated the Arsenal youth academy and played for the first-team from 2011 to 2013, reckons his old club should pursue a move Koulibaly to put an end to their defensive crisis.
When asked how much Arsenal have fallen recently, the 27-year-old told Meta Ratings: “Pretty far, to be honest.
“I watched the game against Watford and it wasn’t good. Our defence is certainly weaker, when you compare it to Liverpool or Man City.
“David Luiz has been making some mistakes, and in my opinion, there’s little difference between Luiz and [Shkodran] Mustafi; I would rather see Callum Chambers selected.
“They need to be buying better defenders, like Koulibaly, who can make a big impact on Arsenal’s team.”
On if Koulibaly could restore Arsenal’s Champions League status, Frimpong replied: “Yes, a Koulibaly!
“They have to improve the defence to challenge.”
Koulibaly is one of the world’s finest defenders following an impressive five years with Napoli. However, the €150m release clause in his contract will become active next summer.