Which Centre Back Do We Buy?

Acknowledged by all, Arsene needs to recruit one or two centre-backs.

 The addition of Silvestre was a disaster.  Gallas may or may not stay for another season, position wise he is the best reader of the game at the club, but he is losing speed and is not brilliant in the air.  Toure is a fighter can be flustered easily.  His best form is when he plays alongside a real centre-back like Campbell or Gallas.  Djourou is developing well, but to expect him to come in and be the leading person at the back is asking too much of him, so recruit we must.

 Domestically there are three candidates. 

 Matthew Upson, a player we sold because he could not break into the team at the time and was suffering with injuries.  Upson knows the game, but as he is 30 years old so will not be a long term prospect.  Arsenal may try to use Vela’s impending loan spell at Upton Park as leverage in acquiring Upson.

 A much younger player, but well respected within the game is Middlesbrough’s David Wheater.  With Middlesbrough about to be relegated, a £6 million offer from Arsenal could see Wheater move to Arsenal.  Whilst he is not the experienced player we have all been craving for, he has definitely a player who has put in some commanding performances this season.

Newcastle United’s Sebastien Bassong is another who has been mentioned.  He is 22 years-old, but has not really performed spectacularly this season, saying that no many Newcastle players have!  The plus points of Bassong is that he is French (always a plus for Arsene) and he can play at left-back. As with Wheater, Bassong is not the experienced player we have all been calling for.

Looking abroad we have Real Madrid’s centre-back Christopher Metzelder.  Metzelder is highly regarded in Germany, but through a combination of injuries and the revolving managerial door policy at the Bernebeu, Metzelder has hardly featured in his two years.

Arsenal scouts have been seen at Stuttgart’s games recently with former Chelsea player Khalid Boulahrouz being their target.  Boulahrouz had an indifferent spell at Chelsea and the Blues could not wait to sell him at a massive loss. He has Premier League experience and is a full international, so he may be the player who brings the experience to the club.

 Looking further afield, Arsenal should look at Russia.  You are guaranteed to find a no nonsense defender there, players who are prepared to scrap and fight for every ball, and with Arshavin at the club he may help sway any player into joining us.  At CSKA Moscow are the Berezutski twins Alexei and Vasili.  Alexei plays as a centre-back, but has also operated as a full-back. His brother also operates as a centre-back and full-back and both players are contracted until 2011.  Whether we have the financial muscle and will to take on another Russian team remains to be seen, but if we were to try and buy these two away from CSKA we will be guaranteed of acquiring two quality players.

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Posted on May 16, 2009, in Transfers and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I was actually thinking about Metzelder, because I heard that he’s always benched. But I have also heard that he’s quite prone to injury.

    Why not Mertesacker though? He’s a behemoth. Sure it may be difficult to pry him away from Bremen but we could try.

    Also, where did you hear about Vela’s loan? This is the first I’ve heard of it. And it doesn’t make sense to loan a striker out, particularly when he’s just getting used to the league. Finally, any idea on Simpson’s future? He seems like a gem BUT I can’t say for sure.

  2. why not Chilleni of juve,Zapata of Udinese had he is a good player or we might even check the extent of Nesta’s injury in hope of signing him for experience and the young players can even learn from him.Like the idea of Wheater and hw good is Shawcross heard he is a good defender.

  3. The commentators over here in Australia were singing the praises of Hangeland last night, how composed he was and how he only lost 1 header the whole night. He looks a good prospect

  4. Get rid of silvestre, senderos and gallas even toure if city offer a good enough deal. then bring in hangeland, wheater and one of those mean russians…look at all man united centre backs and their back ups, they’re all imposing and all we have is some small guys no wonder corners and other set pieces are just a formality for arsenal

  5. I think we need to buy an experienced, no-nonsense defender and the names you mentioned, don’t qute fit the bill. Bassong and Wheater are good, no doubt, but they aren’t going to win us titles. We need experience, we need a good reader of the game, we need quick players, we need to buy big this time. We’ve been ‘in transition’ for a little too long now. It is the tiem to get some titles now.

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