Arsenal: Would Malaga's Jesus Gamez Be a Good Signing for Arsenal?
Some Arsenal fans will be pleased simply to see a new name linked in the newspapers. We are now just over a month away from the end of the transfer window, and Arsenal are yet to bring in a major signing. Thus far, only French youth international Yaya Sanogo has arrived.
However, other supporters will be alarmed that Arsenal have gone from being linked with some of the game's great names to a little-known Spaniard without even a single international cap. The Gunners have spent much of the summer chasing the likes of Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez to no avail.
Are Arsenal now being forced to turn to less salubrious targets?
Those concerns are understandable, but also unnecessary. Despite his relatively low profile in England, Gamez is an experienced and reliable performer.
Gamez is a local boy. He was born in Fuengirola, Malaga, and joined the club aged just 15. He made his debut at 20 and has been a fixture at right-back ever since. In 2011, Gamez completed his evolution from cult hero to icon as he become Malaga's captain, succeeding veteran goalkeeper Francesc Arnau. Gamez formed part of a successful defence that also included current Gunner Nacho Monreal.
His game is based on intelligent positional play and tenacious tackling. He is solid if unspectacular. While he is a willing and able crosser of the ball, defending is his priority. He wouldn't set Arsenal fans' pulses racing, but he might help them feel more secure.
The move makes sense as Arsenal may soon be in need of a right-back. Bacary Sagna has just a year remaining on his contract, and there is no suggestion that a new deal is imminent. Furthermore, Sagna has spent much of the preseason playing centre-back.
Gunners manager Arsene Wenger intimated back in February that Sagna could have a future as a centre-half. He told Arsenal's official website:
I always thought he could play there one day.
We pushed him in this position in training. What he showed in training was encouraging. He had no preparation. He was told 10 minutes before the start of the game and he dealt very well with that situation, so that’s very positive.
With Thomas Vermaelen out with a back injury, Sagna's presence may be required in the middle.
Gamez wouldn't be the marquee signing to pacify an impatient Arsenal fanbase. However, he is the sort of important addition to the squad that Arsenal should also be looking to make.
James McNicholas is Bleacher Report's lead Arsenal correspondent and will be following the club from a London base throughout the 2013-14 season. Follow him on Twitter here.
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