We all know that the transfer window is currently shut, but the fact is that Arsene Wenger is desperately short of defenders and should be at least looking around to strengthen in that area as soon as possible, despite Wenger moaning about the lack of available defenders in the summer. He said: “There is not a lot on the market and if you look at the other clubs, they had exactly the same problem. If you went anywhere, everybody is looking for defenders.
“I feel that we made a very good buy with Calum Chambers and we are a bit unlucky to lose Debuchy and Monreal at the same time together. No matter how many players you buy, you cannot have three players in every position because it is impossible to manage.”
But there is little surprise that we have an Arsenal transfer rumour in the Express this morning saying that the Gunners are looking at the contract rebel Vitorino Antunes, who has reportedly pulled out of signing a new deal with Malaga.
The untimely injuries to Mathieu Debuchy (out for three months) and Nacho Monreal have only served to highlight the fact that Arsenal desperately need new defensive arrivals, so we all hope that Wenger is looking around for January arrivals, and Antunes definitely looks like he would be a helpful addition to the squad.
The 27 year-old left-back actually first arrived at Malaga on loan to replace Nacho Monreal after he left for the Gunners, and was impressive enough to earn a four-year contract with the Spaniards, so he could be a useful stop-gap if we make a bid for him in January. Surely Wenger must be looking for someone right now?