Over the last few months, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have both been linked with a transfer for AS Monaco centre-back Aymen Abdennour.
The Tunisia international excelled against Arsenal in the Champions League as the Club of the Principality dumped Arsene Wenger’s side out of Europe’s elite competition at the round-of-16 stage.
The player’s agent has also confirmed that the North Londoners have a scout at every single one of the defender’s matches as they keep tabs ahead of a potential summer move.
However, if Arsenal are to get their man, they will likely have to compete with their near neighbours Spurs, who are also keen on Abdennour, according to his agent.
Monaco may have been defeated by Marseille on Sunday evening, following a late comeback from the home side, but Abdennour was superb nonetheless.
Indeed, it was only after he was replaced on 78 minutes that Leonardo Jardim’s side capitulated—conceding one minute later.
They would have made their breakthrough earlier had the 25-year-old not been able to block a close-range effort from Florian Thauvin.
It was a perfect demonstration of Abdennour’s bravery, his tenacity and his superb anticipation.
Despite being an impressive physical specimen and an aggressive, physical player, Abdennour is also mobile and agile—it makes for a formidable combination.
Consider, for example, this marvellous overhead kick to clear the danger on Sunday evening—can you imagine Per Mertesacker doing that?
Spurs, whose four defenders contributed three errors leading directly to goals and received a red card on Saturday, may well be desperate to recruit the no-nonsense North African.