Arsene Wenger isn’t the most outspoken manager about transfers and related matters around Europe but there is a clear need for defensive reinforcements at the Emirates for the Gunners. Speaking to the press about his defensive problems Wenger retorted to claims that Arsenal haven’t been proactive in the January window to sort out their issues at the back.
Talking about the January window and Arsenal Wenger goes on to say that, ‘We are a big attraction, but if it was easy we would do it. We haven’t found anyone yet. I am not the only one working on the case. It’s not a supermarket where you go in and buy a defender; it’s a market that is very restricted. Of course we have made inquiries and then you have a second handicap of who wants to sell their best players, especially a central defender, in the middle of the season. They say, “OK, come back in June or July and maybe yes”.’
With occasional centre-half Mathieu Debuchy out with an injury that will keep him out for the best part of 2 months, Wenger is left with Callum Chambers and Nacho Monreal as his back-up central defenders for the rest of the season. Here we provide a list of defenders Wenger and Arsenal ought to target before the end of January. Click next page to continue.