Until Arsene Wenger gets into ‘transfer mode’ with Arsenal, although I suspect that the Frenchman and his transfer team have been working on their summer targets already, we do not know for sure which players will be joining the Arsenal squad this summer or even which positions that the Frenchman is planning to strengthen.
The smart money, however, says that the Gunners will be looking to add a striker, central midfielder, centre back and keeper and so this report on the stats website Squawka.com might be of some use to the prof as it lists the top 10 performers in defence across the top five leagues in Europe this season.
While I think we can forget about completing the transfer of Gerard Pique, John Terry, Leonardo Bonucci and Thiago Silva, the rest of the names on the list are all potentially attainable so I wonder if the names of Otamendi of Valencia, Jantschke of Borussia Monchengladbach, Perrin of St. Etienne, Fonte of Southampton, Jagielka of Everton or Naldo of Wolfsburg are on the Arsenal manager’s list of targets.
There have been quite a few Arsenal transfer rumours concerning 29-year old Perrin while Jagielka and Fonte are Premier League proven although maybe a bit on the old side at 32 and 31. Man United are said to be on the verge of signing Otamendi but nothing is done yet. The clear number one on the list is 32-year old Naldo who has been massive at the heart of Wolfsburg’s very impressive defence and has also chipped in with seven goals.
Do you see any of this top ten becoming an Arsenal player?