Arsene Wenger has vowed to bring in a central defender during the transfer window this summer. Arsenal are without a host of first team players and the team showed their frailties at the back in the last match against Liverpool (via The Metro).
It has been a problem position for Arsenal for a number of seasons but the injuries to Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista have really pressed the issue. The back four looked atrocious under the Liverpool pressure during that second half spell last week and it’s clear that reinforcements are needed.
When asked if he would indeed be adding those reinforcements, Wenger simply replied “Yes.”
“We are working very hard.” The Gunners boss said ahead of his team’s clash with Leicester this weekend. “You are absolutely convinced that I don’t want to spend the money, but I would to reassure you that we are ready to spend the money we have.
“If Mertesacker and Gabriel had not been injured in pre-season, we would have been less under pressure to sign a defender, but once you are under pressure, everybody knows you are so it makes you weaker
“We have been in the market a long time but if you look around Europe, all my friends I call are all looking for centre-backs and they cannot find them.”
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The name which seems to keep coming up is Shkodran Mustafi. The Valencia defender has been linked with a move to the Emirates for weeks and while talks still seem to be ongoing, the club are also looking elsewhere. Atletico Madrid man Jose Gimenez is another player linked but so far nothing has been finalised. Let’s hope Wenger and the board can get a deal over the line.