Arsenal will continue the 2014/15 season with just six senior defenders on their books.
The Gunners had been linked with the likes of Manchester City’s Matija Nastasić as well as Borussia Dortmund’s Sokratis Papastathopoulos but nothing has eventuated in the defensive department, meaning Arsene Wenger must count on Calum Chambers and Nacho Monreal to provide cover at centre-half. How are we going to cope in all four competitions?
Currently Arsenal have:
Mathieu Debucy, Kieran Gibbs, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Calum Chambers and Nacho Monreal.
With Gibbs consistently struggling with injuries, the inevitability of a centre back injury, Arsenal are far too light at the back. It takes one serious knock and we are then running in the red big time.
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We do have Isaac Hayden from the U21 side, while Hector Bellerin looks a decent player, but it seemed bizarre heading into transfer deadline day that we wouldn’t actually sign a defender. The lack of defensive reinforcements is a real worry.
Reserve team captain Ignasi Miquel secured a move to Championship side Norwich City today, but it appears Hayden remains Wenger’s pick of the young defensive duo.
Chambers was brought in as a right back, yet looks to be our third choice central defender. If we managed to hold onto Thomas Vermaelen then we would have been fine, but the Belgian was always set to leave and the fact we’ve not added another body at the back is a disgrace and extremely worrying.
Not happy Wenger, not happy.