Arsenal are reportedly eyeing a summer swoop for Eintracht Frankfurt centre-back Evan N’Dicka, with Mikel Arteta keen on defensive reinforcements.
According to Daily Express, Arsenal could continue their defensive overhaul in the summer with the addition of a few more centre-backs. One such player they are keeping a close eye on is Evan N’Dicka, who is one of the hottest defensive prospects at Eintracht Frankfurt.
The Gunners had offloaded fringe players like Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis in January while William Saliba and Sead Kolasinac were both loaned out. As a result, Mikel Arteta appears to be keen on bolstering his defensive options in the summer, especially with Calum Chambers also facing an uncertain future at the club.
The report even claims that the former Southampton defender is likely to be offloaded by Arsenal in the summer, paving the way nicely for N’Dicka to arrive at the Emirates.
A product of the AJ Auxerre youth academy, the Frenchman has become one of the most revered defensive talents in Bundesliga, thanks to three successful years at Eintracht Frankfurt. Especially in the ongoing campaign, the 21-year-old has built a formidable combination alongside Martin Hinteregger and Tuta, helping the Eagles mount a challenge for the Champions League places.
N’Dicka’s potential addition to the Arsenal squad could be a part of Arteta’s overhaul, perhaps making him a direct replacement for someone like Mustafi. He has already shown a lot of potential, especially in regards to his versatility and physical attributes that should make him a success in the Premier League.
Although the Frenchman can be inconsistent, at times, he is certain to thrive in a more defence-oriented setup under Arteta. At the age of just 21, the Frankfurt starlet may also emerge as an ideal long-term replacement for the ageing David Luiz, even though the Gunners are mulling over a potential contract extension for the Brazilian international.
Nevertheless, N’Dicka does have enough quality to compete with the likes of Luiz, Pablo Mari and Rob Holding. But more importantly, his ability to play at left-back offers Arteta some much-needed cover for Kieran Tierney, whose struggles with injuries have already been well-documented.
However, it is fair to point out that Arsenal’s pursuit of N’Dicka could hinge on Eintracht Frankfurt’s valuation of their star players. The Eagles are already braced to lose at least one of their star players, so they could try their best to keep hold of the centre-back, or at least price the Gunners out of a move given the current financial climate.