We can confirm with absolute certainty that Arsenal WILL sign a defender when the transfer window opens in January, according to Arsene Wenger.
The Arsenal Manger said this at the Annual General Meeting held on Thursday in London, during his address to the gooners who had travelled from various parts of the globe to witness the discussions involving the status and progression of their club. Injuries have ravaged the squad early this season as always seems to be our lot, but the dimension of fan’s frustration was that the shortage currently being experienced was mostly artificial and could have been averted.
Wenger has now moved to qualm the rumbles, with an acceptance of the need to make up for this deficit once the day breaks on 2015’s first day.
He initially began with a defence of his unprecedented spree this summer but made the assuring remark of an upcoming “rectification” in January.
“We finished strong, it’s made us stronger. We have strengthened, brought in two defenders. We have done remarkably well in the transfer window. We tried to buy one more defender, but we didn’t find one. But we will try to rectify that in January”. Wenger said.
Without any close-lens review of the line about doing “remarkably well” in the last window, what would be on most gooners’ minds would be the available defenders who will give us exactly what we need. So who are our four likely targets.
Reports today had entertained us with the possibility of a £32m bid for Dortmund’s Mats Hummels and besides the budget for the January business believed to not be above £20m, the fact the German International who is the leader and figurehead of Jurgen Klopp’s current team makes him somewhat impossibility. He has resisted the temptation to exercise the liberty of venturing into the free-agents market, meaning we will not likely see Mario Yepes or Diego Lugano posing with the puma tights in winter.
There may not be many top-class defenders available in January, as clubs will be looking to consolidate on what they have had from the beginning of the season. The ones whose clubs are currently in the Champions League may present a challenge as to not being able to use them in Europe, if we are still in the mix by then. The preferred age grade market to search in would also be on Wenger’s mind, considering Koscielny and Mertesacker aren’t exactly kids any more. While 29-year old Ron Vlaar has helped the sales of many papers with all the Post-World Cup attention he has attracted, Paul Lambert appears to be keen on keeping him into his thirties at Villa Park, when he may likely not be so attractive for top clubs as a top option. Martin Keown doesn’t fancy Vlaar, but Arsene must know better.
Unlike the Villa captain, Laporte is on the other end of the age scale and may be a good combo for the similarly sculpted Calum Chambers in physique and promise. Won’t come cheap as he has the same reputation as Rafael Varane
Should be the most available of the four and perhaps the most suited, given West Ham, like Man United, are not in Europe. He’s 26, British.
Seeing that most of the AGM attendants still retained some conviction that Arsene Knows, let’s leave it to him to find whom he wants, hopefully not a Kallstrom.
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