Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal are reportedly eager to strengthen their defensive ranks this month.
A number of Arsenal fans have been giving their thoughts on Twitter about comments made by the agent of Mykola Matviyenko regarding the Gunners’ interest in the Ukrainian centre-back.
Arsenal’s defence has come under major scrutiny this season, particularly at centre-back, with David Luiz, Sokratis, Rob Holding, Calum Chambers and Shkodran Mustafi all playing in the role this term – to varying degrees of success.
It has been claimed that the Emirates Stadium side have begun negotiations with Shakhtar Donetsk over a potential deal for Matviyenko, according to his agent Yuriy Danchenko.
“My colleagues and I have been constantly in contact with representatives of the Arsenal, and have meetings,” Danchenko told Ukrainian media, as quoted by Football London.
“The Gunners’ hierarchy have already contacted [Shakhtar], and we hope that these negotiations will succeed.”
The 23-year-old came through the ranks at Shakhtar and, following some stints out on loan in Ukraine, he has become a first-teamer for club and country.
Here is what some Arsenal fans have been saying on social media regarding Danchenko’s comments on his client:
Just seen his passing range. He is good. Very good with the ball. He is just a ball playing defeder and can also play at the LB— GOONZY (@i_amgoonzy) January 22, 2020
please get this done ffs, apparently man city want him too— Arjun AV (@thearjunav) January 22, 2020
This man is an actual beast. Ukrainian Laporte.— OneArsenal (@OneArsenal2) January 22, 2020
Could be a real option shouldn’t cost to much only has 18 months left on his contract and most importantly he’s left footed— Jack Murphy (@JackMur77337373) January 22, 2020
OK. So this guy is 5ft11. I’ve always thought one issue Mustafi has is lack of height, but even so, his still 6ft. I just feel we need a big towering CB. This chap is small. Just can’t see this being a successful outcome.— A is for Arsenal (@hardeep_221) January 22, 2020
All geese weird unknown players, can arsenal just sign someone we all know and rate? Liverpool needed a saviour and paid 75 for Van Dijk , why can’t we sort ours out once and for all! 65 -70 would get Koulibaly FFS!— Cher (@publicboifrend) January 22, 2020
He play more of LB than CB. I have seen this guy play twice. He is a very good tackler, fast, and a good crosser of the ball. My only issue with him is that he is not so tall standing at 5’11— AllArsenalEverything (@Arsenalnoble) January 22, 2020
This is the sort of transfer that excites me.— Arteta’s Army (@GoonerTweetz) January 22, 2020
23 years old
Give me this over likes of Kurzawa EVERY DAY!!!
Hidden gem? I hope so.— Julián Magni / (@JulianMagni) January 22, 2020
Matviyenko has also been linked with a move to Arsenal’s Premier League rivals Manchester City, having played against them in the Champions League earlier this season.