First we counted months, then weeks, and now it’s just few days before the January window opens and you feel maybe the club won’t keep it late as usual before doing the needful. Maybe we already have deals agreed in principle. Maybe there would be a defender unveiled on January 1.
Maybe it would be Ipswich’s Tyrone Mings, as there are reports according to Mirror that we could wrap up an £8m deal for him soon.
The 21-year old has been on very impressive form for the Championship side and has been confirmed as one of those we could sign, according to Wenger himself. Though currently playing at left-back, the 6ft 3in tall youngster is tipped for a center back role in the long term and considering the inconsistencies we’ve had in that department, it comes as no surprise that we are going after him.
Wenger has agreed to the need to strengthen his defense going into the second half of the season and may not wish to settle for stop-gap options. The manager has also defended himself against claims that he is avers to spending money, stressing the need to not waste in the name of splashing the cash.
Though not proven as yet, £8m would surely not hurt an enormous lot to spend on the youngster who could very well give us more than a decade if his talents keep improving. Koscielny and Mertesacker are in need of competition as they could easily shade form without it if left to feel secure about their positions even through bad patches.
Much like the signing of Calum Chambers in the summer, he probably intends to build a young defensive foundation for the future and his focus on English talents can only bode well for the National team going forward. Recurring injuries to both Gibbs and Monreal mean there will be a need to have an insurance cover for both, and Mings would come with the extra utility of being dependable also at center back – a position he has even been tipped to play in the long-term.
Mings’ is a product of the famous Southampton academy, learning his trade from 2001 – 2009 where he was a team mate of both Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Calum Chambers. With Theo Walcott, and the two other Saints Old Boys all justifying the prices we paid to get them into our system, Arsenal could get him to not only be a useful home-grown understudy to Kieran Gibbs, but also be part of the much-loved English Core. Like Gibbs, this season saw his squad number reviewed from double-digits to ‘3’ as reward for the progress he has made at the club, and though a move for him will see another review of that Jersey number, he will be in an environment where he can learn from the best, while getting opportunities to test himself at the highest level
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