Jagielka’s injury prevents rumoured Arsenal move
Everton defender Phil Jagielka’s potential move to Arsenal has been put in doubt after the 28-year-old reportedly suffered a recurrence of his troublesome knee injury.
Experienced stopper, Jagielka would add considerable Premier League know-how to the Arsenal squad and bolster the Gunners’ defence. However, reports suggest that this fresh injury could put him out of action for 6 weeks – preventing any possible transfer to the Emirates.
Meanwhile, Wenger has also been scouting a number of other defenders across Europe and, despite having already spent £8.5 million on French defender Laurent Koscielny during this transfer window, has an available transfer budget comfortably in excess of £20 million.
The other priority is the goalkeeping position, with Wenger having recently made the stark admission that he did not feel like he had an obvious ‘No 1’. Arsenal’s main target is Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer and a fresh offer is thought to be imminent.
In other news, Barcelona’s vice-president has said that the Spanish giants will “respect” Arsenal’s wish not to sell skipper Cesc Fabregas.
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