Why Arsenal should not sign Walter Kannemann

Walter Kannemann of Gremio and Jonathan Menendez of Independiente battle for the ball during the first leg match between Independiente and Gremio as part of CONMBEOL Recopa Sudamericana...

Arsenal are reportedly leading the race to sign Gremio's Argentinian centre-back Walter Kannemann.

Walter Kannemann of Gremio celebrates their forth goal during the match between Gremio and Fluminense, as part of  Brasileirao Series A 2019, at Arena do Gremio on May 5, 2019, in Porto...

According to a report from Calcio Mercato, Arsenal have tabled an offer to sign Gremio's Walter Kannemann in the coming days.

The report reveals that Serie A sides Inter Milan and Sampdoria are also interested in the Argentinian. But Arsenal's interest is allegedly concrete and the Gunners have offered £10.5 million to acquire his services before the start of next season. 


Arsenal desperately need reinforcements in central defence after a dismal campaign at the back. The Gunners conceded 51 goals in the Premier League this term - the worst record among the top five. 

Rob Holding's injury early on in the season and Shkodran Mustafi's poor form cost Arsenal a place in the top four.

The German's performances this season could see him sold in the summer, with AC Milan reportedly keen.

This would massively increase Arsenal's need for a new centre-half but is Kannemann the player they should be looking at?

Shkodran Mustafi of Arsenal  during the UEFA Europa League   match between Atletico Madrid v Arsenal at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on May 3, 2018 in Madrid Spain

Kannemann has undoubtedly had an impressive season with Gremio but, at 28, he will only add to Arsenal's current set of problems.

The Gunners already have two ageing defenders in Laurent Koscielny and Sokratis Papastathopoulos and, if anything, they should target someone in their mid-twenties who has considerable experience in Europe. 

The Argentinian will find it hard to settle into the pace of the Premier League and the one thing Arsenal cannot afford at this stage is to go give him the time to help him settle.

Kannemann will definitely be a downgrade on Mustafi and Unai Emery should reconsider his decision to sign him in the summer. 

Walter Kannemann of Gremio during the match between Gremio and Fluminense, as part of  Brasileirao Series A 2019, at Arena do Gremio on May 5, 2019, in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

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