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Perhaps all of the previous reasons for Arsenal to stay away from Phil Jagielka could be overlooked. If he could be had for, say, £8 million, he might be worth a punt.
However, he represents bad value for upwards of £15 million, especially when compared with other potential acquisitions.
Christopher Samba is a player who, despite his lack of pace, would be a fantastic addition. He is the perfect antidote to the Gunners’ defensive woes and possesses all of the traits that Phil Jagielka—and Arsenal—lack. If a player like Samba could be had for a price equal to or less than that of Jagielka, it represents a much better buy.
Per Mertesacker, who is at least as good as Samba, could come for even less, and a more cultured defender like Gary Cahill is available for only a few million pounds more than Jagielka.
If Arsene is to spend good money on a defender, he must acquire one who not only possesses what Arsenal do not have in defence but represents a good value.
Phil Jagielka is neither.