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Where Will Phil Jagielka Fit into Arsenal's Defense?

NEWCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 22:  Phil Jagielka of Everton in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Everton at St James' Park on February 22, 2009 in Newcastle, Engalnd.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Snide CommentsCorrespondent IMay 18, 2010

Recently, reports surfaced that Everton defender Phil Jagielka was on Arsenal's radar.

According to the Sunday Mirror, Arsenal and Manchester United are "­battling to sign" the center back.

The 28-year-old English international has been ever present since his move to Everton in 2007, but injuries limited him to just 12 league appearances so far this term; hence, he will miss the 2010 FIFA World Cup probably due to lack of fitness and match practice.

In Arsenal's camp, so many rumors have really been circulating the media, ranging from Chamakh being in London to finalize a deal to Fabregas wanting to leave for Barcelona.

However, the most concrete of them all have been Nasri's comments about former Arsenal skipper William Gallas.

Nasri was quoted to have said, "I don't communicate with him, but I'm not the only one at Arsenal who doesn't have any communication with him. We are four or five, but that doesn't stop us fighting for each other on the pitch."

Gallas is apparently bad blood in the dressing room and with his contract set to expire this summer (with contract talks stalling) he might well be on his way.

Here is where Jagielka comes in or at least could be of use should Wenger choose to sign him.

Jagielka could play anywhere in defense making him a versatile one, as well as fill in at defensive midfield.

So then he could play a starter in defense, could be deployed to right or left back, or defensive midfield depending on the availability of cover in the various positions.

Jagielka could be of great help climbing up the pecking order as many Arsenal fans will forever remember Silvestre's infamous role in Messi's four goals and Wigan's comeback win.

Being a capped English International, his experience will be welcomed in the fold and could be key in the push to any title even if he becomes a squad player.

With David Moyes' interest in Philippe Senderos, a swap deal could be looming, the only negative being his injuries as Arsenal at one point in the season had nine first team players injured. 

Once more, the ball is in Arsenal's court if it's true, meaning a plus-one on Arsenal's "average" defense.

In Arsene we trust.

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