Arsenal’s need for a defender in January has been well documented after manager; Arsene Wenger decided against signing a replacement for Thomas Vermaelen in the summer.
Arsenal’s search for a defender in January has been given a lift with the admission by Martin Montoya’s agent of his availability in January, according to Express.
The 23-year old has been left frustrated with his exclusion from the core of Luis Enrique’s team this season, especially with the arrival of Douglas and has reached a point where his patience cannot see him stay on unutilized on the bench. Montoya’s agent, Juan De Dios Carrasco, has now made clear his client’s willingness to move on from what appears to be an irremediable situation.
“When a Barcelona player like Montoya wants to leave, I do not think the club will protest,” Carrasco said.
“He wants to play but does not want to stay at Barcelona. The coach decides who plays, but if Martin does not play, then he wants to leave.
“Facts count for more than words: I do not intend to discuss who is to blame, the most important thing is that Martin wants to leave now.
“Tomorrow there will be a meeting with Barcelona to discuss a decision we have already taken.
“He will leave the club in January, there are clubs interested. In England, Italy and Germany.
“It is not Montoya’s problem or mine, not a problem for us. The decision is made, we are seeing how the situation and the decisions of Luis Enrique.”
Arsenal have two full right backs at the moment in Mattieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers, with a third on loan at West Ham, Carl Jenkinson. However, with the injury records we have, it is not foolhardy to get more to insure the defence further.
Barcelona has given us a host of stars in the past, with three players – Bellerin, Arteta and Sanchez – having passed through one stage or another at the Camp Nou. Thomas Vermaelen may not have the same substance as he did when he arrived 5 years ago but we still gave them a good deal for our ex-captain this summer.
Montoya, a product of the Barcelona academy, had been seen over the past few seasons as the rightful successor to Dani Alves at right back, having been handed the Number 2 Jersey from the Brazilian. The appointment of Luis Enrique was also seen as a good sign for the promotion of young stars from La Masia who have proven their worth over time, and the interest aroused amongst many clubs, including Juventus and Liverpool, in Montoya is enough proof of the maturity he has attained.
It is a given, going by the agent’s tone, that the youngster will be looking for a club to give him more chances to play regularly and even if he may have to seat behind Debuchy at the moment, he could be a better challenge and eventual successor to him than Calum Chambers who looks destined for an Arsenal future in the center of defense.
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