Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta interested in signing RB Leipzig duo to solve two problems

Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing RB Leipzig stars Ibrahima Konate and Christoper Nkunku. Centre-back Konate and attacking midfielder Nkunku would go some way to addressing two major issues Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta currently has.

Arsenal signed defender Gabriel Magalhaes in the summer window and the Brazilian has had a fine start to life at the Emirates.

But Arteta needs to find a long-term partner for Gabriel, with Rob Holding less than convincing in the 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa last Sunday.

Arsenal are also struggling at the other end of the pitch, having scored just nine goals in their first eight Premier League games so far this season.

Nkunku’s return of five goals and 13 assists in the Bundesliga last term are the kind of statistics Arsenal’s current midfield could only dream of.

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So there is no wonder that Arteta is said to be interested in signing the duo.

German outlet Sport Bild lists Arsenal as a club keen on both players.

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Konate has a release clause of £45million and also has interest from other Premier League clubs.

The 21-year-old France youth international has become a key member of Julian Naglesmann’s back line at Leipzig.

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Meanwhile, Nkunku has gone from strength to strength since leaving PSG to join Leipzig in 2019.

Like Konate, the 22-year-old is yet to win his first senior cap for France.

Sport Bild also say Ligue 1 club Lyon are keen on taking the midfielder back to his home country.

Arsenal are 11th in the Premier League following the heavy loss to Villa at the Emirates.

And Arteta was not happy with the attitude of his players when speaking to the media afterwards.

He said: “We cannot afford that. You win a football match, two football matches, three.

“We expect to win every game and this is the standard that we have to set. So if someone believes that winning one or two games is good enough, they’re completely wrong and I’m not going to accept that.

“I’m not going to accept that mindset at all and it’s obviously not what this club deserves. It’s my full responsibility and now I have to find a way to do it.

“I think that since I arrived here, it’s the first time that I’ve felt that we performed really under our standards and what we are trying to set at this football club. It’s unacceptable.”

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