Aymen Abdennour “the Tunisian beast” – By JG
For a short while a couple months ago, Aymen Abdennour was at the top of Arsene Wenger’s transfer list (in relation to defenders). This was exciting news because I had been watching his games for months and was extremely impressed. Abdennour was named defender of the season by many experts for Ligue 1 this season and was also a star performer in the African Cup of Nations. He is both an accomplished left-back and center-back, which is why so many scouts have said he would be a perfect fit at Arsenal FC because there are deficiencies/weak spots in those areas.
Abdennour has been nicknamed “the beast” because he is not only strong, but has tremendous pace as well (almost like a train). He is not an attack minded defender (like vertonghen) which is also a plus. On top of all that, he could possibly cost considerably less than other (supposed) targets, which is always a good thing for the club. He reminds me a lot of a younger Alex (the brazilian defender at Chelski).
Footballnews.com said “He is known to be a ‘a beast of a player’, standing at 6 ft 2 inches, and can play in a multiple positions given to him, mainly left-back or centre-back, so would be a useful addition to the Arsenal squad.”
Abdennours agent was quoted saying, “Big clubs are interested in him, Arsenal has been scouting him since January and they are the only club so far to make an official offer…According to the directors of Toulouse, Arsenal offered 15 million Euros for his signature over the winter transfer window, but we did not consider the offer at the time.” This is a lot more evidence that Arsenal are “truly” interested than most other speculated targets, who are connected to Arsenal only through fabricated tabloid pieces.
In a league game against Marseille, Abdennour was named man of the match, his agent was quoted again in regards to his performance
“Aymen was very proud, after the match against Marseille… he scored the match-winner and marked Andre Ayew (of Ghana) out of the match,”
Any defender that can mark Andre Ayew completely out of a match has got some world class defending skills, in my opinion. This could be a very possible transfer.
Whatever happens (whether Abdennour is signed or not, or a different player), Wenger will know what to do. For all we know, Kyle Bartley could be brought in as cover. As long as Squillachi never sees first team action again, I’m happy. Take a look at the video of Aymen Abdennour below, and let us know what you think.
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