He was gutted not to be considered worthy of a place in Jurgen Klinsmann’s World Cup Squad who went on to make many friends for the courageous performances. But that will not rule out the fact that the Nigerian-born defender had always been a regular for the US Men’s National Team since 2004, starring in two World Cups. His journey to finding a perfect career has seen him on the books of clubs in France, Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and of course, England (Not quite an Anelka yet). At 32, he still must be feeling light enough to keep a ball around on weekends and has expressed a real desire to return to England after a short-term deal ran out with Shefield Wednesday. An unpleasant injury record may not get him a referendum landslide in this list, but with the feeling in himself that he has washed off the injuries, he is the youngest option and may well worth a try.
33-year-old Diego Lugano could also be in Wenger’s interim plan
5. Diego Lugano
There is a ring to his name that makes you think of shots and delightful goals, but this ‘Diego’ is not the most elegant of defenders in the world and certainly not one afraid to hack into an advancing opponent. But then, this is a list of available options and if Wenger deemed it necessary to once consider Seb Squillaci, the captain of the hugely impressive Uruguay team who finished fourth four years ago in South Africa cannot be that bad to check up on. It did not go well with his shift at West Brom last term, neither did he have a particularly stellar outing at the Word Cup with the Los Charruas in Brasil. However, Lugano is vastly experienced too and has been a leader for teams who have employed his services and is not an entirely inconsiderable choice for the Gunners.
34-year-old Anthony Reveillere could join the growing French contingent at Arsenal.
6. Anthony Reveillere
Juninho, Sydney Govou, Benzema… ring a bell? Of course they were the stars of that Lyon team that had the monopoly of the Ligue 1 in the past decade, and one of the stalwarts of their defence was Anthony Reveillere. Though principally a right back, it is believed that with age, players tend to settle into positions which are less demanding physically, and given he is the only French man on this list, it would not surprise me if Monsieur Wenger chose him for the job. He is hugely experienced having made 77 appearances in the Champions League for Lyon. Napoli released him after a one-year deal last season, there you go Prof.
It is an absolute gamble to consider any of these players but in the face of what we are faced with, it’s not the type that costs a man his wife. It is up to Wenger to sift their merits according to age, experience and what they can actually bring to the team, hoping anxiously that we are not lost and decimated before January offers opportunity for true redemption.
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