During the Emirates cup, Arsene Wenger had hinted at his squad being a little short and needed ‘1 or 2’ players in to complete his squad.
After seeing Gallas, Silvestre, Campbell and Senderos all move on, Arsenal is in need of a centre back or two. Mr Wenger has brought in Laurent Koscielny who had a great game last Saturday against AC Milan and looked a strong partner for the man we call Tommy V.
Looking at the squad now, we are only one bad injury away at the back from a crisis and therefore Mr. Wenger has indicated he needs at least one player of quality to come in.
Arsenal have been linked to a few centre back’s this summer and have even had a few bids knocked back. Fleet Street’s finest tell me that Mr. Wenger did offer £10m for Phil Jagielka but Everton for obvious reasons do not want to sell. There was talk of Arsenal going back with an offer of £15m but its thought that Everton would once again reject the bid as they really do not want to sell so this one looks to be a no go.
The German Centre back Per Mertesacker who had a good world cup has been linked with the Gunners. He has something our squad lacks; Height. Per has plenty of height but a lack of bookings show, he is not a dirty player either. With Sol Campbell gone to Newcastle, we have not only lost an experienced Centre back but also lost bags of Height. Once again, friends at Fleet Street have told me that Mertesacker is an option and Mr. Wenger has been talking to his club and a bid of around £10m wouldn’t far be off the mark. When asked about Mertesacker, Mr. Wenger was very coy in his answer and did not give much away where as, when he is not interested in a player; he dismisses it like he has done with so many players in the past. According to many, Mertesacker could be the number 1 target but much depends on price.
There is a back up plan if Mertesacker does not work out, and they are Ajax’s Jan Vertonghen and Dynamo Kiev’s Senegalese defender Pape Diakhate. Arsenal have enquired about these two players but from what as been said, nothing concentrate has been offered.
The new name that has come out recently and the player himself has said the move could be close is Bosnian Centre back Emir Spahic. He is said to cost Arsenal around £6m and would provide good cover for the first choice partnership. Arsenal is yet to comment on the deal.
The goal keeper situation is one that has had Arsenal fans debating all season long. Phone INS on Arsenal TV online have had many views and options spoken about. Many fans called for a new keeper like Joe Hart, however Arsene Wenger believes in his young keepers and for that reason would only buy a keeper for a short term fix. Mark Schwarzer has been strongly linked to Arsenal and the player himself as said to welcome a move to the Emirates for a chance of Champions league football. At 37 (38 later this year) years of age, the chances of a move to a top club that plays in the Champions League are not high and this could be his last chance. Arsenal has had a bid of around £2m knocked back and Fulham are holding out for 4m. New Fulham manager Mark Hughes has stated he wants to keep Schwarzer but a bid of £4m could test his resolve, and if the player himself has admitted he wants to go, the move might just happen.