Arsenal in the market for 'top class' centre back but could sign trialist as back-up | Gooner Talk

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Arsenal in the market for 'top class' centre back but could sign trialist as back-up


Written by Chris Wheatley

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is desperate to secure the signature of an experienced centre-back before the transfer window closes.

The Gunners look set to lose club captain Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona in a deal worth around £15million which would leave Wenger with just three senior centre-backs – Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and new-boy Calum Chambers.

Vermaelen was a target for Manchester United but Louis van Gaal’s side ended their interest after refusing Arsenal’s demand to receive a player – believed to be Chris Smalling – as part of the deal.

Belgian international Vermaelen arrived in north London from Dutch giants Ajax for £10m in 2009 and has made 150 appearances in all competitions.

Gooner Talk understands that Ahmed Fathi, who spent a period on trial at Arsenal during pre-season, is a viable option for the Gunners and will be ‘seriously considered’ if Wenger fails to land his main defensive targets.

Wenger is ideally looking to bring in a centre back who is able to play in defensive midfield and Egyptian international Fathi ticks all the boxes in terms of experience, versatility and work rate.

Several names have already been linked as potential replacements for Vermaelen with Liverpool vice-captain Daniel Agger and Ajax youngster Joël Veltman both expected to be on Wenger’s shortlist.

French tactician Wenger has spent over £60m this summer – his highest outlay as Arsenal manager – on the likes of Chambers, Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy in order to improve his squad.


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its time we signed a stand out c.b and let go of the injury-prone vermalean

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With the money we have got for vermaelen,Vela,Djourou,cesc and Lansbury our net spend is less than Evertons.This is despite our new sponsorship deals,CL money,highest matchday revenue and over 100 mill in the bank.Well if Per and Kos suffer any major long term injuries and we lose matches as a result of insufficient cover,Wenger can f**k right off.I mean fathi was SO good on trial he never even played in ant pre season friendlies.Whats the F****n point buying players like sanchez and Ozil when we don’t have adequate cover at CH or a decent defensively mined midfielder? THIS is why many… Read more »

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LJB may d our good LORD bless u 4 say dt.

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American Gooner

LJB and others of the “Wenger out” crowd (also known as Piers Morgan’s Pals) can’t deal with the fact that Wenger is getting it done now that Arsenal’s long term financial security is set. They prattle about “ruthlessness” while scores of “ruthless” managers rise and fall in the Prem with little to show. The know nothing anti-Wenger crowd are seeing the end of their influence and they’re railing because they were so wrong.

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UMOH EKWO

It is not a question of people crticizing Wenger for the sake of it but because most of the time his decisions are questionable. Right now, the club is weak at the back. If Wenger ends up not signing a central defender, would you say he has taken a good decision?

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