Is Cheikhou Kouyate good enough for Arsenal?


The Anderlecht player seems to be pushing for a move to North London, but would he would be an improvement on the resources that Arsenal already have at the back?

After a promising start to the season, Arsenal's defence has once again been the subject of derision for much of the year, and with Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Thomas Vermaelen all failing to deliver consistently throughout the season, there is little doubt that they will look to reinforce their back line come the summer.

Plenty of players have been linked to the club as a result, but in the case of Anderlecht's Cheikhou Kouyate it is the player himself who seems to be the driving force behind speculation regarding a transfer.

Kouyate has suggested that Arsenal have been keeping tabs on his progress this season, and left little doubt that he would be keen to make a move to the Emirates if Arsenal were to agree a deal with Anderlecht.

Kouyate is rumoured to be valued at around £5million by the Belgian club, but has the 23 year old done enough to suggest that he would be a worthy addition to Arsene Wenger's squad?

The Senegalese player can play either in the centre of defence or as a defensive midfielder, and has experience of Champions League football with Anderlecht. But it is very unlikely he would displace any of the current first team in his positions, and it is difficult to see what he would bring to the team that someone like Johan Djourou, currently on loan at Hannover, wouldn't.

Arsenal should be looking at bringing in a defensive midfielder and a centre back that are good enough to start for their side, not just additional cover for areas where their existing options have struggled this season.

Kouyate might be desperate to earn a move to North East London this summer, but Arsenal should be looking elsewhere to strengthen their squad.

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