Arsenal opinion: Should the Gunners sign Joachim Andersen?
According to reports in the Metro, Joachim Andersen has been linked with a move to Arsenal in this transfer window. The Danish defender is one of the most promising centre-backs in Europe. The centre-back is extremely calm and composed for someone so young, he never flinches.
The 23-year-old isn’t the most aggressive player in the world, using his intelligence to anticipate danger rather than fly into tackles.
He is very comfortable with the ball at his feet, drives forward like a midfielder and can pass with both feet very comfortably. Joachim Andersen joined the Italian side from Twente in 2017.
Arsenal’s priorities in the summer transfer window have to be at the back. Arsenal have had an extremely leaky defence for years now and Unai Emery has tried to bring in a tinge of pragmatism into the football.
Emery prioritises playing from the back and Andersen would be very comfortable with that as stated above.
Andersen will be coming to a club that has always tried to play football the right way and he is a player whose profile suits the club. Arsenal have already done business in the past with Sampdoria and will be hoping they can conclude more business with the Italians this season.
Arsenal are heading into a new era at the club after seeing Arsene Wenger leave after all those years and will take inspiration from the likes of Liverpool that they can go back to old ways and becoming one of Europe’s elite clubs again.
The youngster has made 34 appearances this season and helped his club finish a respectable 9th place finish.
The Serie A is a fantastic league but it lacks the dynamism of the Premier League and it might take time for the Dane to settle down but he only needs to look to other Danes from the past to see how well the Danes have fared in the Premier League.
Sampdoria are known for helping nurture and educate young players. We only have to look at Milan Skriniar and Mauro Icardi, two of the very best players in the Serie A to appreciate Sampdoria’s younger players and what one can expect from Andersen.
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Despite all his strengths, he doesn’t always get stuck in and will possibly learn to do that in time. It shouldn’t be a problem for someone standing at 6 feet 4 inches tall. Arsenal will be getting an elite talent if they get this deal over the line.