According to a report from 90min, Arsenal retain an interest in Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria.
The Swiss international isn’t a new name to Arsenal supporters. He has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates in the past, most notably in 2019 when Unai Emery was still at the helm. (Sky Germany)
Zakaria stayed put then, but he is almost certain to leave this summer. The 24-year-old will enter the final year of his contract next month, and he has made it clear to Gladbach that he sees his future elsewhere.
Arsenal are reportedly looking to take advantage of that situation with a move for the 24-year-old, but it’s not a straightforward deal.
The report claims that Arsenal have already discussed the possibility of swapping Granit Xhaka for Zakaria this summer.
The Arsenal midfielder, who spent four years at Gladbach, is still fondly remembered there. It is claimed that the Gunners are trying to use that sentiment to convince Die Fohlen to swap one Swiss star for another, but it’s unclear if they will accept that in the upcoming summer transfer window.
Denis Zakaria would be perfect for Arsenal
Zakaria has all the traits to succeed at Arsenal. He may not be as amazing as Xhaka is with the ball at his feet, but he’s still really good. The big plus is that his defensive acumen is much superior to that of the Gunners man, which makes this move a smart one.
The Gladbach star told Bundesliga.com three years ago that has been ‘compared to Patrick Vieira and Paul Pogba’. Three years on, he hasn’t quite reached those heights, but he is still an excellent defensive midfielder.
Arsenal desperately need a quality partner to Thomas Partey in the middle of the park. A natural number six like Zakaria will not just protect the Gunners’ backline, but he will also allow the Ghanaian to have a much bigger impact in games. That will make us a much stronger side.
The Gunners are right to look at a player of Zakaria’s profile, and the Swiss international will be a fantastic addition if we can get this deal over the line.