Not many football fans will remember the name Mehdi Benatia and this is mainly due to the fact that the Moroccan has been injured in Bayern Munich for two seasons now since his move from Roma in 2014. Benatia was initially thought to be the next big thing in the German Bundesliga after his summer move to Bayern but injuries and lack of match fitness have made that dream impossible.
Arsenal are the latest club In the race to sign the defender with Arsene Wenger leaving nothing to chance next season. Wenger feels the defender will be allowed to move to London if he makes a bid of £100 million for his services. Bayern are said to be ready to offload the defender as incoming coach Carlo Ancelotti see him as
surplus to requirements in Bavaria.
With the likes of Gabriel Paulista and Per Mertsesacker all struggling with form, Laurent Koscielny is the only defender in the team who has been world class. The North London team will need to fix it’s defence next season if it hopes to challenge for trophies. The problem with the signing of the French born Moroccan international is his injury records which has made him unable to play more than 15 league games for the past two seasons. Also the defender is already 29 and would be 30 next April making it clear that buying him is a short term solution to the team.
There is no guaranty that Benatia would not struggle with injuries in Arsenal as Arsenal fans have not forgotten a certain Abou Diaby who was more injured than he played during his time at the Emirates.
Benatia is one of the best in his position as he showed in Roma and could be the missing link in the Gunners defence. The defender doesn’t rely on pace as his positioning and tackling are his best attributes. This has made it imperative that once fit he would be an improvement on the current Arsenal defenders. Even thoug his age is advanced, £10 million for such a professional is a bargain and at such be one of the best signings Wenger ever did.