A number of Arsenal fans have taken to Twitter to give their thoughts on the Gunners being linked with Athletic Bilbao defender Unai Nunez.
The 23-year-old centre-back has come through the ranks at the Lezama academy and has made 69 appearances for Athletic, including 18 in all competitions this season.
Although Nunez has been in and out of the first team this season, his impressive displays when called upon haven’t gone unnoticed.
Spanish publication AS claimed that Arsenal’s Premier League rivals West Ham were keen to sign the defender in January.
However, Deia now claims that the Gunners have been tracking Nunez for a while, and manager Mikel Arteta has identified the 6ft 1in ace as a top summer option.
The outlet also claims that the player, who has recently changed agent with the idea of facilitating a move away, and that his release clause is €30million (around £25million).
Nunez is rated highly at the San Mames, with Inside Athletic giving a good insight into the player’s credentials in a 2018 article comparing him to teammate Yeray.
“Nunez is a traditional center-back who is tall, strong, and good in the air,” the article reads.
“He is rarely beaten on crosses and can be a wall that opponents just can’t get around. The (then) 21-year-old has shown the ability to make great tackles and does so with confidence.”
Here is what some Arsenal fans on social media have made of the speculation:
Quality player! The jokes about his name are annoying!
By your logic, Denis Suarez should be the next Dennis Bergkamp!
— Anirudh (@Mezzala144) April 4, 2020
He doesn’t convince me at all, would rather Pau Torres if that the way we’re going
— Spanish Gooner (@elspanishgooner) April 4, 2020
— Nolan Goodchild (@nolan_goodchild) April 4, 2020
Can you just call him Nunez instead ? thanks
— 🔴 KittoO ⚪️ ~ Is Yours GOLD 😎 ? (@IamKitto0) April 4, 2020
I watch most of Atheltic Bilbaos games and any of their three cbs would be a good signing for us. He is a very good defender, still 23 years old and can develop in future.
— Ahmed. (@Arsenteta) April 4, 2020
Finally a good unai coming to our club
— HeisRima (@dmask_rima) April 4, 2020
He’s what we need.
— SK (@_skchair_) April 4, 2020
Let’s go for it
— louis (@louis16303766) April 4, 2020
He is actually a very good defender
— SwarnyGooner (@GoonerSwarny) April 4, 2020