Arsenal seems to be falling behind in the race to land Jason Denayer.

The Gunners are in desperate need of defensive reinforcements with Per Mertesacker and Gabriel out injured.

Laurent Koscielny isn’t match-fit following his extended time off after Euro 2016, meaning Rob Holding and Calum Chambers are Arsene Wenger’s only available centre-backs for their clash with Liverpool on Sunday (4pm).

And in recent weeks Manchester City’s Denayer has been linked with a move to north London.

But the Gunners now face stiff competition from Galatasaray with the European giants making progress on a deal.

The club’s sporting director Levent Nazifoglu told Turkish Football: “Talks have been positive, there is a good chance Denayer will return.”

The Belgium international spent last season on loan with the Turkish outfit and he is expected to favour a return.

Following the arrival of John Stones at the Etihad, Denayer’s chances of becoming a regular under Pep Guardiola look slim.

A move away from Manchester will likely see him earn more game time but Arsenal will have to act quickly if they want to beat Galatasaray to his signature.

Standing at 6ft 2in, Denayer has an imposing presence with a physical development beyond his age. His height gives him an advantage of being dominant and strong in the air.

Denayer’s aerial ability is his biggest strength and is his most impressive attribute. His athleticism and tremendous work rate is also quite impressive when compared to other players his age.

Discipline is always a crucial part of a centre backs game, and Denayer has only picked up just 7 yellow cards in professional football.

Denayer has often been compared to his club and international teammate, Vincent Kompany, and with good reason too. Both being strong and able to make last ditch minute tackles, as well as being very physical in their challenges.

It’s hard to find any particular weakness in Denayer in his game and his build; he just needs to make sure he is at the right club, getting game time, and gaining experience as well as staying fit.

He did have a few injuries at Galatasaray, most notable was when he was sidelined for 40 days and 9 games with a thigh muscle strain.


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