Despite the importance of making a few key signings in the winter transfer window, Arsene Wenger claims he still hasn’t made a decision on which centre-back he will be targeting, according to the Daily Mail.
Our need for defensive reinforcements this January is not something that has just been thrust upon is, although it has certainly worsened following the injury to Mathieu Debuchy.
So with the situation at the club obvious for quite a while now, you would think surely Wenger would have identified any potential targets long before the transfer window opened?
This doesn’t appear to be the case however, and the boss has reiterated once again how difficult it is to find a top quality player in the January transfer market.
“It’s not a supermarket where you go in and buy a defender, it’s a market that is very restricted,” he said.
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“Players who can strengthen the best 10 teams in Europe, you don’t find many and it’s the same for everybody.
“Of course we have made enquiries and then you have a second handicap of who wants to sell their best players, especially a central defender, in the middle of the season. They say, ‘OK, come back in June or July and maybe yes’.”
Possibly most worrying, is the fact that Wenger insists that we could manage without signing a defender as we head into the second half of the season. You can hardly call the first six months of the current campaign managing, with our ever changing defence surely a contributing factor to our erratic form.
“We can [cope without signing a defender], because we have [Calum] Chambers, [Per] Mertesacker, [Laurent] Koscielny and [Nacho] Monreal, who can play centre-back,” he continued.
“But we have now lost Debuchy, who could play centre-back, and [Kieran] Gibbs has been out. If we have another injury or two we will struggle. It’s risky. It’s too risky.”
It’s more than just a risk Arsene, it’s madness. It was a risk heading into the start of the season with just six senior defenders; if you can even call Calum Chambers that. But with our French right-back already guaranteed to miss most of the remainder of the season, it would practically be suicide to reach February without bringing any new faces in.