Wenger Will Focus on Centre Backs This Summer
Arsene will be focusing on rebuilding his central defence this summer. This rebuilding has started with the acquisition of Thomas Vermaelen, but it will not and cannot end here.
Of the central defenders on our books from last season, four of them have contract that expire next summer. William Gallas, Kolo Toure, Mikael Silvestre and Philippe Senderos all have contracts with one year left and none have been offered a new contract.
It is no secret that Wenger does not see Senderos staying at the Emirates beyond the current transfer window and he will be moved on, sooner rather than later. There has been some interest shown in the player from Italy and Germany, whilst Aston Villa are ready to make a move for the Swiss international.
Mikael Silvestre has been a disaster from his first game at Arsenal, no Arsenal fans will shed a tear for the former Manchester United player, and the way he played last season, I am sure he was still on Fergie’s payroll. The sooner he goes to France the better.
This leaves us with William Gallas and Kolo Toure. Both players have been good servants for Arsenal, but at the same time we know they do not like each other and things came to a head with Toure asking for a move in January. Something persuaded Kolo to stay. It was one of two things, either Wenger promised Kolo that Gallas will be sold in the summer or he told Kolo that he can leave for Manchester City this summer.
Neither situation is satisfactory for Arsenal. If Gallas leaves, why has Toure not been offered a new contract yet? Toure can wait till next season and leave on a free transfer. If Toure was told he can leave this summer, this means Gallas stays, which is a good thing, but it appears that he has no intention of staying beyond the forthcoming season.
Whatever happens, the centre of our defence will be Wenger’s top priority this summer, Vermaelen is not, and cannot be the only centre-back to arrive at the club this summer otherwise we will have a massive rebuilding programme next summer.
Posted on July 5, 2009, in Transfers and tagged Arsenal, Arsenal News, Arsenal Transfer, Arsenal Transfers, Gallas, Kolo Toure, Senderos, Summer Transfer News, Summer Transfers 2009, Transfers. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.