‘I’m officially done!’ – These Arsenal fans are livid as Mehdi Benatia departs Juventus for €8m

All Arsenal fans will be hoping that Unai Emery can lure a new centre-back to the club before Thursday’s deadline following a spate of recent injuries.

Rob Holding is a long-term absentee after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament against Manchester United at the start of December, with Sokratis now joining him on the sidelines after sustaining an ankle injury against the Red Devils in the FA Cup on Friday.

Landing awkwardly as he went for the ball with Jesse Lingard, the summer signing won’t return to training until the end of February.

That has left the Gunners with Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi and Konstantinos Mavropanos as options for Emery at the back, while Nacho Monreal can also play there if things get even worse.

Chelsea’s Gary Cahill has been linked with a move across London before the deadline given his lack of playing time but it remains to be seen where exactly he’ll be playing his football come the weekend.

Mehdi Benatia, who has been tipped to move to Arsenal in the past, is also another defender to have been linked with the Gunners after barely featuring for Juventus over the course of the season

However, he now won’t be heading to north London after departing the Bianconeri on Monday.

The Moroccan has joined Al Duhail Sports Club in Qatar for an initial €8million after falling out of favour under Massimiliano Allegri in Turin this season.

It’s fair to say the news hasn’t exactly gone down well with Arsenal fans given the club are desperate for centre-backs and he has moved on for a very low transfer fee.

Here’s what the fans have had to say on Twitter about his shock move.



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