Arsenal ready to rival Chelsea and Bayern Munich for European centre-back this summer

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After over a month of meetings and speculation, Unai Emery was named as the new Arsenal manager on Wednesday.

The former Paris Saint-Germain boss was unveiled in front of the press at the Emirates Stadium, replacing Arsene Wenger upon the end of his historic 22-year reign. While the Spaniard struggled with his English, he was received well and Gooners are excited to see what he can bring to the club.

In fact, more specifically, they'll be hoping to see who he can bring to Arsenal.

Speaking at his first press conference, the 46-year-old explained: “This team is a big team, with big players, and we think we need to change little things – a few players.

“The target is to be a candidate and to challenge for the title.

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"It is very important for the club, after two years outside the Champions League, to work this way, to be the best club, the best team in the Premier League and also in the world.”

You certainly can't fault him for ambition nor refute his claim that a few alterations are needed at the club.

Almost all the fears surrounding the squad have concerned the back five with Arsenal enduring a difficult season defensively amidst poor performances from the likes of Shkodran Mustafi and Petr Cech.

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Arsenal targeting European CB

As a result, much of the transfer speculation regarding Arsenal has surrounded defensive players.

Borussia Dortmund's Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Freiburg's Caglar Soyuncu have both been linked in recent weeks.

However, it seems Sven Mislintat is actually working his magic elsewhere and Arsenal have become embroiled in a transfer battle with Chelsea and Everton for another Bundesliga centre-back.

According to ESPN, that player is German prodigy Josha Vagnoman.

Although little known outside of the Bundesliga, the 17-year-old is one of the highest rated youngsters on the continent and the second youngest player to feature in Germany's top division.

Vagnoman plays his club football with Hamburg and is also attracting interest from Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig.

Hamburg are believed to have offered him a new contract but are already preparing for an increasingly inevitable summer exit.

Arsenal fancy their chances at securing his signature, though.


Mislintat has an impressive success rate with players associated with German football and Per Mertesacker could play a role in the approach as a coach at the club.

Exactly which club Vagnoman prefers at the moment is unknown.

While Arsenal will probably search for a more experienced centre-back as well, everything seems to suggest that Vagnoman would be a brilliant long-term investment for the north London club.

It's no coincidence that the likes of Bayern and Chelsea are giving them competition...

Who do you think Arsenal should buy this summer? Have your say in the comments section below.

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