Report: Arsenal linked with move for AS Monaco's impressive defender

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After he helped Monaco knock Arsenal out of the Champions League, the Premier League club have been linked with a move for Fabinho.

It seems only logical that after they knocked Arsenal out of the Champions League, the Premier League club would be linked with a summer move for some of their players.

In the past Arsenal have been linked with Joao Moutinho (per the Express) and Anthony Martial (per RMC) and only this week Spurs were rumoured to be looking at a deal for Tunisian defender Aymen Abdennour. However, it’s right-back Fabinho that TuttoMercatoWeb and others are reporting that Arsenal are after at the end of the season.

Although he has played the last two seasons at Monaco, he is actually owned by Portuguese club Rio Ave and has also spent time at Real Madrid Castilla. Still only 21 years old, it has been this season under Leandro Jardim that the Brazilian full-back has really blossomed.

In both the league and Champions League he has shown great adaptability, playing a huge part in Monaco’s success over Arsenal, playing in two different positions.

When he is at his natural defensive position he does like to get forward, but it is never at the sacrifice of his defensive duties. With his tall frame and athletic ability, he can compete in the air with larger forwards and outpace wingers.

In the first-leg against at the Emirates, Fabinho played at defensive midfield and showed a wonderful understanding of his team’s philosophy and where he needed to be in a relatively new position.

Linked with a move to Arsenal, the young defender would be seen as a long-term replacement for Mathieu Debuchy, but would be an upgrade on the young Spaniard Hector Bellerin.

It is hard to estimate how much Rio Ave would want for the Brazilian full-back that has been named in Dunga’s latest international squad. Ironically, he could be set to make his debut against France next week. With the Portuguese side happy to loan him out to Monaco for two seasons, they wouldn’t likely ask for a huge transfer fee, so he could represent a low budget option for Arsenal in the summer.

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