Most of the Arsenal transfer rumours this summer have been about possible incoming strikers as we are all desperate to get that fabled replacement for Danny Welbeck, starting with the failed bid for Jamie Vardy, and ending (we hope not!) with the purchase of the Japanese striker Takuma Osano.
So it is refreshing that the Gunners are finally being linked with a topclass centre-back, which, as any Arsenal fan will tell you, is another of the positions we need to fill as Per Mertesacker gets older andslower every season.
The defender in question is the Dortmund star Neven Subotic, who has been linked with Arsenal many many times in the past, but is surely now approaching his prime at 27 years old. The Serbian international has been at Dortmund for the last 8 years so it is time that he sought new pastures, and has already informed the German giants that he is looking for a new club this summer. He has long been acclaimed as one of the best in his position, but he was supplanted in the Dortmund side by Sokratis last season, playing just six times, and is not the type that enjoys sitting on the bench.
He said last month: ‘I don’t want to get paid to sit on the bench, I want to take an active part – which is the way it had been up until last season’,
‘Over the past year I’ve realised that my love for football and for playing an active role on the pitch is too big for me to just watch from the outside.’
I don’t believe at his age he has suddenly lost his ability, I just think the new coaches have preferred other starters. Who thinks he would be good to bring in this summer?