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Arsenal’s Bid for Rayan Ait-Nouri Rejected by Wolves Amid Left-Back Crisis

January 17, 2024 11:32 am

Arsenal’s attempt to strengthen their left-back position has hit a roadblock as the club’s bid for Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Rayan Ait-Nouri has been rejected, throwing their transfer plans into disarray. This news comes amidst a period of struggle for Arsenal’s defense, particularly in the left-back role.

Arsenal’s need for reinforcement in the left-back position has been intensified by the ongoing injury concerns of key players. Oleksandr Zinchenko and Takehiro Tomiyasu have been plagued with injuries, and Jurrien Timber has been sidelined since the season’s start. 

Mikel Arteta, the team’s manager, is keenly aware of these challenges and has been exploring options to bolster the squad. Follow your favourite Premier League team with attractive football betting odds from Nextbet. 

With the defensive frailties exposed, it’s reported by sources including Fabrizio Romano that Arsenal is actively seeking a new full-back in the current transfer window. Zinchenko, lauded for his ball-handling skills, has shown vulnerabilities against top-tier players. Similarly, Jakub Kiwior has not been impressive in the role, and Tomiyasu’s injuries have further complicated matters. 

In light of these challenges, Arsenal’s interest in Rayan Ait-Nouri from Wolves makes strategic sense. The 22-year-old has been a prominent figure in the Premier League for over two seasons, earning a reputable standing at Molineux. His potential acquisition has been of interest not only to Arsenal but also to Liverpool. However, Arsenal’s initial proposal has been declined.

Wolves have indicated that an offer exceeding £50 million might be necessary to release Ait-Nouri. This price tag is seen as exorbitant by many, especially considering the combined cost of Zinchenko and Tomiyasu was less. The inflated market and the urgency of the January transfer window contribute to this high valuation. Moreover, Ait-Nouri’s current engagement with Algeria in the African Cup of Nations, rendering him unavailable until February, adds another layer of complexity to any potential deal.

The situation leaves Arsenal in a predicament. While Ait-Nouri’s talent is undeniable, the high asking price and his unavailability due to international duties make the deal less appealing. It appears more prudent for Arsenal to explore other options or delay their pursuit until the summer, where negotiations might be more favorable. Get the latest updates from the Premier League only on Nextbet Sports.