Arsenal Transfer Prospects: The Top Ten Defenders Wenger Can Target In January

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Arsenal Transfer Prospects: The Top Ten Defenders Wenger Can Target In January
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This slideshow continues on from the article "Ten Defenders Wenger Can Target This Month" . With January finally here, ensuring the commencement of the eventful January Transfer Window, Arsenal's need for a quality central defender is great as their title aspirations are somewhat resting on an inconsistent, nervy central defence.

However, manager Arsene Wenger can acquire the solution this month.

The defensive woes have been documented heavily in the article above, the absent of defensive leader Thomas Vermaelen has been the main focal point in the demise of Arsenal central pairings.

Whilst imposing Swiss Johan Djourou has been superb this season, having missed all but the final game of last campaign, Wenger has taken a tentative approach to the 23-year-old and refuses to utilize Djourou on a consistent basis.

So with one defender barely able to walk and the other still lacking 100 percent fitness, Arsenal's two summer signings have been forced to take the reins.

Little known French defender Laurent Koscienly, who arrived from Lorient FC for £10 million, and experienced defender Sebastien Squillaci, who departed Spanish giants Sevilla to join the Gunners for £3.2 million, have been the main reasons why Arsenal do not lead the EPL table.

Whilst Koscienly has shown promising signs and has all the traits to be a strong defender, his Arsenal career start has been tainted by inconsistency, poor positioning and error-prone ways.

Sebastien Squillaci, on the other hand, has had a horrid start to his Arsenal career. The Frenchman has failed to cope with the pace and physicality of the English game and has been at fault for a number of Arsenal losses and goals.

With Vermaelen not expected to return to the fray until late January, and even then the Belgian will need time to regain fitness and power, Arsenal need a solution to their central defensive woes fast and it can come in the January transfer window. 

So here are ten more defenders for Wenger to target.

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