Watford target Arsenal defender as they look for new centre-back in January


Watford target Arsenal defender as they look for new centre-back in January

Watford struggling in the top flight

Onto their second manager of the season already, Watford have not had an overly enjoyable time in the Premier League this season.

While the 4-1 win over Manchester United, which ultimately cost Ole Gunnar Solskjaer his job, will stick long in the memory of the Watford faithful, the reality is that the London side sit two points above the relegation zone, having lost 11 of their opening 16 games.

With a run of fixtures to come that includes Wolves, Newcastle, Norwich and Brighton, the Hornets will be desperate to start pulling away from their fellow relegation contenders, a fact made harder by Newcastle’s new owners and the likelihood that they will spend significant amounts in the winter window.

There could be some new faces at Watford too though.

Hornets target Arsenal defender

Now, as per The Telegraph, they could be set to make a move for an Arsenal defender, in the form of Sead Kolasinac.

The Bosnian has not played for the Gunners since their 5-0 defeat to Manchester City in the third game of the season, and is currently recovering from an injury sustained on international duty.

However, Ranieri sees him as one potential solution to Watford’s defensive issues, and would look to deploy him as a centre-back, presumably on the left side of a back three, for the remainder of the season.

Watford target Arsenal defender as they look for new centre-back in JanuaryWatford target Arsenal defender as they look for new centre-back in January

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 19: Sead Kolasinac of Arsenal runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Arsenal and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on September 19, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton – Pool/Getty Images)

With six months left on his contract at The Emirates, Arsenal could be happy to cut their losses and see Kolasinac depart on a permanent transfer.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 18 35 44
2 Liverpool FC 18 35 41
3 Chelsea FC 18 27 38
4 Arsenal FC 18 4 32
5 West Ham United 17 7 28
6 Manchester United 16 2 27
7 Tottenham Hotspur 15 -1 26
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 -1 25
9 Leicester City 16 0 22
10 Aston Villa 17 -2 22
11 Crystal Palace 17 0 20
12 Brentford FC 16 -1 20
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 16 -3 20
14 Everton FC 17 -8 19
15 Southampton FC 17 -10 17
16 Leeds United 18 -18 16
17 Watford FC 16 -10 13
18 Burnley FC 15 -7 11
19 Newcastle United 18 -23 10
20 Norwich City 17 -26 10
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 15
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 7
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 7
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 7
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 7
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 6
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 5
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 5
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 5
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 5



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