Both teams have struggled to match the flair of their forward lines with as much quality at the rear and have been linked with almost the same players in the lead up to this transfer window all summer-long. With Arsenal settling for Gabriel Paulista as the much-needed center half reinforcement this January, according to Express, the path now looks clear for Manchester United to take another defender reported to be on the Gooners’s radar, Dynamo Kyiv’s Aleksandr Dragovic.
Arsenal have gone through the needle to ensure Gabriel arrives the Emirates this week having to lodge an appeal for him to be granted a work permit. But that would not have been require with the 23-year old Austrian who, besides being a European, has been part of the Austrian National Team since 2009. He has been impressive in Ukraine since moving from Basel in 2013 where he won three Swiss League titles, being linked ever since with a bid move.
He is believed to have wanted a move to Arsenal with much of the fans back in Austria also expecting that to come through but Wenger’s preference for Gabriel puts of his chances of donning the Red-and-White for at least 6 months when the summer transfer window opens.
That is if United do not see through a reported £15m bid for him in this final week of the window. Van Gaal’s team looks in need of a defender as various factors ranging from injuries to Chris Smalling have seen them unable to depend on the strength of their forward players. The Austrian is a big looking lad and those who have seen him play have given good assessments which may encourage the Old Trafford bosses to push forward where Arsenal left off.
Of course, Arsenal fans would wonder if the club had indeed made the right choice in not going for Dragovic instead but Wenger seems assured his latest buy will go on to succeed in the Premier League. Gabriel is of the same age at which an unknown Laurent Koscielny from the French Second Division arrived Arsenal and though it was a tough start for him, but now there are fewer defenders as good as the French International.
Gabriel’s record at Villareal makes an auspicious statement of his chances of settling into the Arsenal team, and given the La Liga is a bigger League than the Ukranian League, it is not out of place to think the Brazilian could yet prove the better deal.
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