Arsenal target 26-year-old defensive colossus to boost title bid

By Mark Peters IN General,Premier League,Serie A,Transfers - 19:45 Jul 19th 2017

The £46.5m signing of Alexandre Lacazette has created a real buzz around the Emirates Stadium, with many supporters hoping that this willingness to splash the cash is a sign of things to come.

AS Monaco’s Thomas Lemar is also thought to be a serious target for the Gunners, though the North London outfit are unlikely to see a significant improvement in their fortunes unless they bring in a dominant centre-half at the other end of the pitch.

Step forward Kalidou Koulibaly if reports in the Daily Star are to be believed, with the Senegal international said to have been the subject of a recent enquiry by the Premier League club.

KALIDOU KOULIBALY

A reported transfer target for Chelsea last summer, the 26-year-old has established himself as one of the most respected defenders in Serie A, helping Napoli to become a force once more in Italian football.

In total, his 88 top-flight appearances have yielded 31 clean sheets, with 24 of those coming in 61 games across the course of the last couple of campaigns:

Kalidou Koulibaly
POS: DEFAGE: 26Y 0M
HEIGHT: 6FT 5INWEIGHT: 14ST 0LB
SA | Napoli | 15/1616/17 | Napoli | SA
GOALS
CLEAN
SHEETS
GAMES
GAMES
CLEAN
SHEETS
GOALS
1
AUG
2
2
3
SEP
4
3
2
3
OCT
5
1
1
2
3
NOV
3
1
3
DEC
2
2
5
JAN
2
5
FEB
2
1
1
3
MAR
2
1
1
4
APR
5
3
1
3
MAY
3
1
1
12
33
TOTAL
28
12
2

Not the type of defender to be bullied by opposition centre-forwards, Koulibaly is a giant of a man who would relish the physical nature of English football.

Although their overall record did not alter a great deal in the ten Serie A matches that the 26-year-old missed last season, Napoli actually conceded goals at twice the rate, failing to keep a single clean sheet along the way:

Kalidou Koulibaly
POS: DEFAGE: 26Y 0M
HEIGHT: 6FT 5INWEIGHT: 14ST 0LB
 
SA | NAP | 16/1716/17 16/17 | NAP | SA
WITHWITHOUT
28
MATCHES
10
68%
WIN%
70%
21%
DRAW%
20%
11%
LOSS%
10%
65
GOALS FOR
29
23
GOALS AGAINST
16
2.3
GOALS F
PER GAME
2.9
0.8
GOALS A
PER GAME
1.6
38.8
MINS PER
GOALS F
31
109.6
MINS PER
GOALS A
56.3
13.1
SHOTS F
PER GAME
15.6
2.3
POINTS
PER GAME
2.3
12
CLEAN SHEETS
5
TOTAL
7

Given Arsene Wenger’s switch to a three-man defence in the latter stages of the previous campaign, he could do with an imposing figure to join the likes of Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding and Gabriel in his squad.

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3 Comments

  1. Byaruhanga Charles
    Posted July 19, 2017 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    Koulibaly Is The Guy We Need.

  2. Byaruhanga Charles
    Posted July 19, 2017 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    Mr Proffessor Get Us Lamer, Koulibaly, Cavallo& Retain Alexis. Epl Title Will Be Ours.

  3. Byaruhanga Charles
    Posted July 19, 2017 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

    Mr Arsene , Bring The Guys Quickly. Don’t Wait The Deadline Day In Order To Let Them Adapt The System Be4 The Start Of The Season.