Defenders Arsenal Can Look At Based On Their World Cup Showings
The 2010 FIFA World Cup has gone very far with almost half of the second round already decided.
In recent times, it has been unreliable to sign players right after tournaments, with the Senegal team in 2002 and most recently Juventus' own Felipe Melo.
Arsene Wenger always stresses that he wants to sign a defender before the World Cup ends, and maybe he is scouting form the world's greatest sports competition.
Here is a shortlist of defenders who have shown good performances so far.
The big Algerian is a force to be reckoned with at the back; he is 27 and plays for Rangers in Scotland.
During the World Cup, he marshaled the Algerian defense with his last ditch tackles and great leaping ability.
His best game came against England, where he frustrated the English offense and helped secure a goalless draw
Like all Germans, he plays his football in the domestic league, where he turns out for Hertha BSC.
He has shown great composure at the back, helping break up attacks for the Germans.
He is versatile and is able to play around the defense and sometimes in midfield, and at 31 he has enough experience to go round.
At 25, Mertesacker already had over 60 caps for his national team.
His height is a problem for strikers, and he is always winning headers defensively. He also poses a problem during set plays and scores headers.
Although he has been linked with Arsenal a few times, it might be time to just make him ours.
Heading into Group F, Paraguay were certain to qualify but maybe at second place.
The group featured Italy, whom everyone expected to win it.
Paraguay came out on top, and Alcaraz played a big role defensively—very organized at the back, helping his team with two clean sheets.
Uruguay have been the best defensive team in the tournament, and that is not hard to be believe with the defensive showing that they have put on.
Diego Lugano has been a key component. He is a very tough tackler, controls the defense, and is also strong aerially.
He deserves to wear the armband for his country.
Carlos Bocanegra is the captain of the United States team, and at 31 he has sure seen it all. He has also played in the Premier League with London rivals Fulham, making over 100 appearances.
He has shown why he is the skipper of the national team with very good defensive abilities. He doesn't hold back when tackling and also reads the game well.