With the transfer window now officially open, it won’t come as a surprise to see some names more persistently mentioned as being on the line for a serious move to the Emirates, and it could well be that we get to land our first signing without much hassle, if we made a bid for St. Etienne defender, Loic Perrin.
According to Daily Star, Perrin’s coach at the Stade Geoffroy Guichard, Christophe Galtier, has admitted to the possibility of losing his key henchman over the coming weeks, but believes it would have to be an offer that would shock them into submission.
“Loic is a special case that I will look after personally. I’m not saying the door is open but if a surprising offer is made we would have to listen to Loic and his wishes” Galtier said.
The 48-year former Marseille defender went on to concede that Arsenal’s status as a big club in one of the best in the world could be a factor that would probably tilt Perrin’s decision towards accepting an Arsenal enquiry.
It’s been feared that Wenger would maybe not see a need to go into the market for a defensive midfielder as he can list Arteta and Flamini as two players in that position. However, recurring injuries to both players and the generally perceived inability in both to fully handle the demands of the role has seen the likes of Perrin rumoured as one of Wenger’s preferred options. His utility in various positions gives the manager options to limit the number of signings he would need to make (really?).
More than just an outcry for back-up options in central defence, Arsenal’s woeful defensive display against Southampton on New Year’s Day gave more weight to the feeling that both Mertesacker and Koscielny could be suffering from a lack of competition.
The vice Captain has played every single Arsenal game since he returned to the team from the World Cup against Everton in August, bar the League Cup defeat. Wenger does not think it is yet the ripe period to play Calum Chambers in central defence, meaning the only alternatives we have are a make-shift pair of full-backs Mathieu Debuchy and Nacho Monreal.
St. Etienne had an impressive 2013/2014 Ligue 1 season, finishing 4th on the log, and in no small measure did the solidity of Captain Perrin affect their successful campaign. His long-standing consistency and versatility in a variety of positions in the defensive department, especially at center back and defensive midfield, should be enough to spur Wenger to spring the surprise insinuated by coach Galtier.
He is value is believed to be around £6m; so a surprise could be, say, £9m?
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