Arsenal FC Transfer Talk: 10 Possible Central Defender Targets

Omar AlmasriCorrespondent IIJune 9, 2011

Arsenal FC Transfer Talk: 10 Possible Central Defender Targets

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    Hmmm.... which central defender should I sign?

    The transfer window has barely started and there are already many rumors, gossip, speculation flirting around on Arsenal's next acquisition.

    The position that has been discussed and speculated on the most is the central defensive position which is considered a major weakness and a must-improvement for next season.

    There have been many names floating around on who will be the new central defensive acquisition. So, I've decided to compile a list of 10 possible central defensive acquisitions, based on their value range and on how heavily they've been linked for a move to the Gunners.

    Of course, please share your thoughts and opinions.

Christopher Samba: Age 27, 6'3", Congo, Blackburn

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    Samba.... closing in on an Arsenal move?

    Arguably, the most heavily linked central defensive player for a move to the Gunners. Christopher Samba is a player that many Gooners would love to see as Wenger's next acquisition in the central defensive position.

    Samba is tough, aggressive, great in the air, physically imposing, an excellent blocker (he was the best blocker in the league last season) and a good leader.

    Blackburn value him at £12 million, but it is now reported that the Gunners consider him their top target and are in talks with his club at the moment.

Gary Cahill: Age 25, 6'2", England, Bolton

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    Gary Cahill is another player who has been heavily linked for a move to the Gunners for the past few years. He's another player who is on the wish list of many Gooners and with no surprise.

    Cahill is a strong defender, composed, committed, good in the air and also has good technique as he's composed and comfortable with the ball on his feet. He's definitely an Arsenal-type player and would settle and adapt well as a Gunner, but his value is a problem.

    He's valued by his club at an excess of £15 million which is definitely a hindrance to a potential deal. But after news broke out on Wenger's bid for Phil Jones of more £16 million, there is hope for this deal to happen if Wenger wants it to happen.

Scott Dann: Age 24, 6'2", England, Birmingham City

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    Scott Dann is a commanding, imposing central defender who is committed to the tackle, hard-working, gives it his all and is known for his composure. Dann has been linked with some of the best clubs in England, including the Gunners.

    He is valued at £10 million and is bound to represent his national side, sooner rather later.

Roger Johnson: Age 28, 6'2", England, Birmingham City

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    A player who's impressed many ever since he joined Birmingham playing against the best the Premier League has to offer.

    Johnson is an aggressive, no-nonsense, committed, tough and strong defender who has been linked numerous times for a move to the Gunners. He is an underrated player who surprisingly has never played a game for England.

    He's a bargain at the reported value of £8 million.

Per Mertesacker: Age 25, 6'5", Germany, Werder Bremen

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    A player heavily linked for the past few seasons for a move to Arsenal. He's a tall, imposing defender who is known for his good reading of the game and his fine tackling.

    Unfortunately, he has rarely shown any of that season; he has been absolutely poor with both club and nation. He has a serious problem with quick players and with a league known for its quick pace, I have doubts if he will settle and adapt.

    He is reportedly valued at around £10 million.

Mamadou Sakho: Age 21, 6'2", France, Paris St. Germain

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    A very talented defender, heavily linked for a move to the Gunners. Sakho has long been linked for a move to the Gunners and Wenger is a known admirer. Sakho is a physically imposing, athletic, powerful, blessed with pace, strong in the air and is very committed with excellent leadership qualities.

    He has been compared to French legend Lillian Thuram and is a rising star, expected to become one of the best in the world in the near future.

    He lacks a bit technically, but with Wenger as a mentor, that aspect will improve. Nonetheless, Sakho would be a quality signing, he's valued at around £12-15 million.

Cristian Zapata: Age 24, 6'2", Colombia, Udinese

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    Cristian Zapata, is a Colombian international who has long been admired by Wenger. Zapata is a tall, imposing, aggressive, dominant defender who has great anticipation.

    He started the season poorly, along with the rest of his team, but ended the season strongly leading the club to a Champions League qualifying spot. He also has good leadership qualities, captaining the club on many occasions.

    He is a gifted defender, who's on his way to becoming a world-class defender. He is valued in the same price range as Sakho, at around £12-15 million.

Phil Jagielka: Age 28, 5'9", England, Everton

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    Phil Jagielka has impressed in the Premier League, ever since joining Everton from Sheffield United. Jagielka is reliable, tough, consistent, committed to the tackle and considered as one of the best defenders in the Premier League.

    His impressive performances have gained him international recognition and he has been watched by Arsenal for the past few seasons.

    His reported value is set at around £15 million.

Ryan Shawcross: Age 23, 6'4", England, Stoke City

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    Ryan Shawcross is a player that isn't popular or liked by fellow Gooners, as he caused the horrific leg break to Aaron Ramsey.

    Shawcross is a tough, aggressive, committed player who is considered a fast-improving defender with a bright future and is expected to be an English international in the near future.

    He is reportedly valued at an excess of £10 million.

Neven Subotic: Age 22, 6'3", Serbia, Borussia Dortmund

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    Neven Subotic is one of the best young defenders, not only in Europe, but in world football along with his partner in crime at Dortmund, Mats Hummels.

    He is imposing, a very good tackler, well-built, good with the ball in his feet, great in the air and has a good passing range.

    Subotic will be a quality signing for the Gunners. He's tough player with good technique, the ability, quality and mentality to succeed in the Premier League and with the Gunners in general.

    Despite that, it's doubtful that he'll leave Dortmund this season and is valued at around £18-20 million.

What Do You Think?

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    Who should I give the thumbs up to?

    What do you think? Are any of these targets or players good enough to be a Gunner? Who is your best suggestion or option of a central defender that would suit the Gunners? Please share your thoughts and opinions.

    Cheers and take care,


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