Smalling could join Welbeck at Arsenal in january.
Arsene Wenger will make a move to finally land Chris Smalling in January, according to reports.
The Gunners boss has admitted that his team are very short in defence and is now ready to take a plunge into the winter market after so much reluctance during the summer.
This was not quite justified as there was a definite need to fortify the team’s rear after the loss of Thomas Vermaelen, Ignasi Miquel and Bacary Sagna (though principally a right back, Wenger had suggested he could play out his remaining days at the center of defence).
He had said he brought Calum Chambers in for that role but the injury to Mattiue Debuchy means the young English International will play on the right back role for the majority of this season. It also now implies that we play all three of our available center halves at the same time, leaving no other senior options on the bench. In his words, we cannot afford another injury, .and we probably can now afford a defender, with the Manchester United defender, top on Wenger’s list.
Wenger is a professed admirer of the 24 year old, having previously chosen him to be the one to be involved in the failed Vermaelen cash-plus bargain with United, he now seems to be ready to go for a straight purchase for the defender. Smalling has not had as much opportunities in Louis van Gaal’s team, only coming as a substitute in their Leicester debacle due to an injury to Jonny Evans.
Phil Jones, Tyler Blackett and Marcos Rojo are all ahead of him in the scale of preference at Old Trafford and if the situation appears not to improve, he may just be willing to undertake a move elsewhere to maintain the progress of his career, following the footsteps of Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck. With places in Roy Hogdson’s Euro 2016 qualifiers open for contention, Smalling could be willing to seek a move to a place where he can stamp his authority in a position he prefers.
A versatile defender, Smalling who earns around £55,000-a-week will provide Arsenal with extra options both in all positions across the back four. Though mostly used as a right back by Alex Ferguson and David Moyes, many an expert suggest that he will be most prodigious at the very heart of the defence. He made his mark in Fulham by impressive and consistent performances as a center-half.
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