Insert line including the phrase “trophy-less,” here.
We all know the score—another year, another layer of dust on the trophy cabinet shelf.
The recent 3-1 flop against Stoke City merely confirmed the need for some major personnel changes at the Emirates this summer. Nowhere is this more evident than at the center back position.
While Thomas Vermaelen will return to anchor the back line, it’s clear that it would be no sin to add a little more experience to the defensive corps.
The Gunners have been abysmal defending against set-pieces. Their tendency to fall apart at the back is surely a key reason as to why the year is going to end sans silverware yet again.
Even the rosiest of optimists would be hard pressed to argue that the Gunners would have at least won the Carling Cup were it not for the bumbling center backs.
Arsene has himself finally copped to the Gunners' frailty, and admits the need for some fresh blood. The Frenchman has indicated that he may look to sign a central defender that already has some Premier League experience.
Rumors are also swirling around the futures of both of Arsenal’s starting fullbacks.
Should one or even both leave North London, it would behoove the much-maligned professor to move at once to secure a replacement.
With the season running out, the speculation regarding the summer transfer window is heating up, with no shortage of names being linked with a move to the Emirates.
I think we can all agree that those moves are needed, and with all indications pointing toward a fire sale in the offseason, it looks as though moves there will be.
The only question is, are they going to be the right ones?
Here is a list of eight defenders who have been linked with a move to Arsenal, that could be on Wenger’s radar this summer.