The Gunners’ defensive deficiencies were brutally exposed once again in the Europa League final in Baku on Wednesday night with Unai Emery’s side ripped to pieces by an Eden Hazard-inspired Chelsea during the second half, losing 4-1 to their London rivals.
As a result, Arsenal will be playing in Europe’s second-tier competition again next season with their failure to secure Champions League qualification likely to restrict Emery’s transfer budget to around £45 million, according to Goal.
This could price Arsenal out of a deal for the highly-rated Upamecano, who himself appears to have reservations about swapping Leipzig for North London.
The Frenchman is set to play Champions League football in 2019/20 after Leipzig finished third in the Bundesliga so why would he throw this away in favour of a move to the Emirates?
The 20-year-old, who is under contract until 2021, was a key part of a Leipzig defence who conceded fewer goals than any other Bundesliga side last season.
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