There’s been no end to the catalog of defensive suggestions made to Arsene Wenger for January, from the ordinary to the not-so-good. Smalling, Reid, Vlaar, van Dijk – to mention but four. But for the situation of what Arsenal need, which is a top class defender who will have same impact at the back as Alexis has had in attack, there is unarguably only one name in the list worthy of absolute and desperate pursuit – Mats Hummels.
And here are five reasons why.
- Competition to Mertesacker and Koscielny
The Arsenal defence is in need of a real shake-up. Despite the slight improvement noticeable since the appointment of Steve Bould as Wenger’s Number 2 in 2012, the defenders available to carry out the work may sometimes appear in adequate. For all the goods which the partnership between Mertesacker and Koscielny has enjoyed over the past 12 months, they must be offered good competition or risk becoming complacent. It is hard to actually imagine that Hummels will have to ‘compete’ with either of Per or Kos for a place in the Arsenal defence given that he is…
- A young, experienced, World-Class Player
Two BundesLiga titles, one Champions League final and a starring role in a World Cup winning campaign, Hummels stands head and shoulders taller than all of our defensive options at the moment though Mertesacker can also boast of the shiny gold from Brasil this summer. However, Mertesacker retired from the German National team at just 29 knowing that he’s not going to regularly get selected over Jerome Boateng or Hummels in the future. At 25, Hummels is even yet to hit the peak of his career and his impressive CV to date can only get better. It may not be wholly certain that he replaces Mertesacker straightaway as he is a strong voice in the team, being the Vice captain. But one thing is certain, Hummels is…
- A real leader
Beyond the interest of Jurgen Klopp to tie him down to the Signa Iduna Park with a huge responsibility (as Wenger did to Fabregas), the crown given to Hummels as Die Borussien captain is more a testament to his commanding leadership and motivational abilities, and in the event that we collapse all too often due to the fact that most of our players are mute to each other on the pitch, Hummels presence will be a thundering voice during games. He is a very comfortable player on the ball, similar to German legend Franz Beckenbauer, and that will give his teammates more confidence about the security at the back.
- No other Clubs Have shown real interest
Hummels has been a defensive stalwart for Jurgen Klopp’s teams for the past four seasons and has emerged as the most sought after defender in the transfer market as just about every top club in Europe has declared interest in capturing the superstar defender. While the likes of Real Madrid and PSG may bear secret admirations for a defender of his quality, none have declared any interest in him so far, which must give Wenger the incentive to be decisive and make a definite move for him.
- He is a Gooner?
Hummels has reportedly asked not to be informed about any interest from Manchester United, apparently declaring he would prefer an Arsenal move. In an ideal world, this would only mean one thing and seeing we have an Idealist manager, it shouldn’t prove a worry that we pay the £32m Dortmund are demanding for him.
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