The loss of form of both Per Mertesacker who is Arsenal’s vice-captain and Gabriel Paulista seems to have had a devastating effect for the Gunners as the team struggled for consistency last season finishing second behind Champions Leicester City.
Though Laurent Koscielny stood out among the bunch last season, it has not dissuaded Arsenal Wenger from analysing and preparing an offer for centre-backs that would perfect his defence this season. This is where French man and Atletico Madrid’s centre-back Lucas Hernandez has come in as the youngster is seen as one of the summer targets of the Arsenal boss.
At 20, Lucas has been exceptional playing impressively in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final game against Barcelona which Barcelona won 2-1 on the night. The defender would not come cheaply as he is highly regarded not only by Atletico Madrid but in Spain and also because his contract with the Spanish capital team expires in 2019 which means Atletico will have a big say in his next transfer.
While the likes of Calum Chambers (signed from Southampton In excess of £15 million in 2014, yet still unable to fulfil his early promise), Gabriel Paulista and Pet Mertesacker have all lost form, Lucas is seen as an upgrade on the trio if he would adapt easily to life in England and Arsenal.
The Atletico Madrid academy graduate played 10 La Liga games (835 minutes) for Atletico last season and was outstanding all through . It is a transfer which might not go through as Lucas might not fancy a move to Arsenal at this stage and also considering he is one of Diego Simeone’s mainstay as seen in games where he has been picked.