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Watford Want This Arsenal Defender; Should Wenger Let Him Leave For Anything Less Than £15m?

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Abhishek Majumdar
Editor in Chief of The 4th Official. A man in his thirties who worries about the nuances of the financial aspects of football and how it will impact the game in the long term.

Watford are looking to make a good start in the next season following one of their worst performances in the recent times, in the last season, where they almost slumped into the relegation zone but finally managed to end in the 17th position on the League table. The Hornets have selected the former Hull City boss Marco Silva to be the man in charge at Vicarage Road for the season to come and have complete faith in his abilities to turn things around for them in the forthcoming days.

The Spaniard is already looking to make a steady beginning in the next season as well and is looking to bring in a number of players who might be able to strengthen his side in every department. One of the players, who has been eyed by the new manager to be a part of the team in the next season is the Arsenal left-back, Kieran Gibbs.

The English player has been a part of Gunners’ squad for quite a few years now and has featured in a number of important games for them. However, in the past few seasons, he was entitled to hand over the left back position to the Spanish star Nacho Monreal, who is favoured by Arsene Wenger. This has made the player look for options for the next season.

Now that the North London club has brought in another left back in the form of Sead Kolasinac from Schalke as their first signing this summer, it is bound to make opportunities for the 27 year old to be a part of the first team, even scarce. As a result, Gibbs is looking to head out of the Emirates Stadium in the next season and this has irked interest from quite a few teams who are looking to bring him in.

Reportedly, the Hornets, along with fellow Premier League clubs Stoke City and newcomers Brighton are all in pursuit of the English full back in the summer. However, they might be put off by the fact that the North London club has priced him at £15 million.

Looking at the current scenario, Arsenal might be compelled to lower the wage demand for the Englishman, who is currently being paid a salary of £60000 per week at the Emirates. However, in this inflated market, they will look to squeeze as much as they can for the want-away.

But do you think the Gunners should let him leave for anything less than £15m?

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