Arsene Wenger will look to check the defensive needs in our team in January, and reports according to Mirror have it that Loic Perrin is a man on Wenger’s ultimate transfer list.
The 29-year old will cost around £6m and is very well rated for his ability to fit into almost any role in the defense, his primary role being at the heart.
We only have to endure a few more sleeps before the January window opens and all eyes will be on Wenger to bring to daylight all the behind-the-scenes work he’s done over the past three months with regard to the necessary signings we need. With a supposed £20m cash block, we should have enough to expect the two defensive signings we want but, as the Frenchman is accustomed to, he’ll probably spend it on players who can cover a role or two.
Wenger always keeps tabs with developments in his home country, ardently following the top players across all the clubs throughout the French League Divisions, especially the Ligue 1. It wouldn’t come as a surprise, then, that he would have noticed the long-standing consistency and versatility of the St. Etienne Captain, who can play in a variety of positions in the defensive department, especially at center back and defensive midfield, the two roles badly in need of revitalization.
Full backs Mats Debuchy and Nacho Monreal have been used in the absence of Laurent Koscielny this season and with doubts still borne over his Achilles, Wenger will have to make moves to ensure he does not have to rely on round pegs to fill square holes going into the second half of the season. 19-year old Calum Chambers, who is a center back by general consensus, has not been deemed matured enough by Wenger to play constantly in that role, hence leaving us with no other options that to go out and get a good player.
Injuries have also played its role in making a need for a defensive midfielder closer to absolute, with Arteta’s unenviable injury record this season. The Captain has had multiple calf injuries within the space of two Champions’ League Match Days, casting doubts over his long-term availability to continue the role of holding player which he was converted to since joining from Everton in 2011.
Flamini has held brief in his absence, but we all know with Alexis and Cazorla forward, and Koscielny behind, we should have better than the flammable Mattieu in the middle.
Perrin presents advantages that could incline Wenger towards him as a superior option to the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin, who is most persons’ favoured option. A frenchman’s decision to make, between two Frenchmen.
Bon chance, Arsene
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