Why La Liga star Mateo Musacchio would be an ideal signing for Arsenal

Mateo Musacchio v Barcelona

Arsenal need to bring in a top centre-back this summer.

Mateo Musacchio v Barcelona

According to the latest reports (ESPN), Arsenal are still being heavily linked with long-term target Gonzalo Higuain despite the player repotedly having a £50 million plus price tag.

The Gunners have long needed a top striker according to supporters, observers and Premier League pundits alike, yet this summer Olivier Giroud has once again shown his capabilities on the biggest stage.

The Frenchman is good enough to lead Arsene Wenger’s side to a title in the company of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, though at this moment in time the same can’t be said of the club’s defensive players.

Mateo Musacchio v Real Madrid

Goalkeeper Petr Cech and centre-back Laurent Koscielny are top quality players, yet fellow defenders Per Mertesacker, Gabriel Paulista and Calum Chambers evidently aren’t in the same bracket.

Arsenal need to buy a new defender this summer, and after watching a suitable candidate in Medhi Benatia join Juventus (official website), they should turn their attentions to Villarreal’s Mateo Musacchio.

The Argentine international is widely regarded as one of the best defenders in La Liga, though his progress over the past two years has been hindered by a lengthy injury.

Villarreal's Alphonse Areola saves from Liverpool's Adam Lallana as Mateo Musacchio looks on

Now, though, Musacchio is back to full fitness and proved last term why he is still so highly considered, averaging an impressive 2.9 interceptions and 3.2 clearances per league encounter.

He is quick, reads the game well, good in the air but most importantly rarely caught out of position unlike Mertesacker and Paulista who both have a tendency to ball watch and leave space in behind.

With Villarreal qualifying for the Champions League this coming season, Musacchio won’t be allowed to leave on the cheap but that is where Arsenal must be prepared to spend big on a necessary acquisition.

The 25-year-old has his best years ahead of him, and he has all the attributes needed to make a big difference at the Emirates Stadium.

Liverpool's Robert Firmino in action with Villarreal's Mateo Musacchio

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