Opinion: These three Arsenal defenders should fear for their future as Gabriel Magalhaes closes in on transfer

It’s rare to see a club sign a player without at least one player having to leave, and Arsenal’s defensive situation is an interesting one.

It’s been a weakness for a while but it’s not that they don’t have options to choose from – the problem is the squad is overloaded with mediocre defenders.

Reports are suggesting that Arsenal are set to confirm the signing of Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes:

That means the current squad has the following players who can play centre back ahead of next season – Gabriel Magalhaes, David Luiz, William Saliba, Rob Holding, Sokratis, Pablo Mari and Shkodran Mustafi – while Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac can also fill in at left centre back when they play with a back three.

Even without those two it means they have seven players for a maximum of three starting spots, so it does make you wonder who will need to move on.

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Obvious Gabriel is a lock to stay, while it’s hard to see anything happening with Saliba or Pablo Mari when they’ve recent arrivals, and David Luiz is clearly a good influence on the team so it would be a surprise to see him go.

That means it’s likely that Holding, Sokratis or Mustafi will be moved on, and it’s easy to see a situation where two of them end up going.

Mikel Arteta still has needs in the team and even if he can’t get a big transfer fee for either, at least it would free up two wages to put towards new signings to strengthen the rest of the team.

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