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Report: Arsenal now want ex-Tottenham star who's a 'defensive animal'

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According to a report from The Sun, Arsenal are now interested in signing former Tottenham full-back Kieran Trippier this summer.

The Gunners are keeping an eye on potential options at right-back. Hector Bellerin and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are expected to leave the Emirates, while Calum Chambers could also be shown the door if the right offer arrives.

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That would leave us with just Cedric, and although the Portuguese international has impressed in the past, we need another player ahead of him in the pecking order. If the report is to be believed, Arteta and Edu think Trippier would be a good option.

Arsenal keen to sign ex-Tottenham defender Kieran Trippier

Manchester United have been heavily linked with a move for Trippier since the start of the transfer window. A deal even looked imminent at one point, but the Red Devils are now out of the race as they were unable to agree a transfer fee with Atleti.

The report claims that Arsenal have sounded out the Spanish champions over a move for Trippier. There has been no official bid just yet, but if the report is to be believed, the Gunners really like the former Tottenham man.

Trippier has become an excellent player ever since he left Spurs. He won the league with Atleti last season, and Gareth Southgate even went on to call him a ‘defensive animal‘, which is immense praise for someone who was heavily criticised for his defending when he was in the Premier League.

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The Insider’s View:

Will Arsenal need a new right-back if Hector Bellerin leaves? Yes. Is Kieran Trippier the right man to replace our vice-captain? Absolutely not!

Don’t get us wrong, the former Spurs man is a quality player. His improvement has been incredible over the years, and signing him would definitely annoy Tottenham fans, which would be hilarious.

However, there’s no way he’s an option for Arsenal.

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Firstly, Trippier is 31 years old already, which makes this a risky move for us from the start. Secondly and most importantly, Atletico Madrid reportedly want £34 million for him, which makes this a deal for someone else, not us, this summer.

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