Despite having a fully-fit defence at the moment, it is no secret that Arsenal are badly in need of a new addition or two to the backline. The Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger has so far been hesitant to comment on any potential new signings but has now admitted that there is a strong possibility that a defender will be signed before the transfer window closes, but was careful not to guarantee anything.
Speaking before the clash against Stoke City, as reported by The Guardian, the Frenchman said: “I cannot guarantee a new signing. If I give you the names of the clubs who are out with a lot of money to look for defensive players, it’s unbelievable.” But on being shot with a direct question on whether he thinks at least one deal can be struck, he replied with a simple ‘Yes’.
Now the problem with the money-bags of European football looking for defensive recruitments is that the prices will be inflated, making it hard for the possibility of a fair deal. But with that being said, Arsenal’s mediocre season has quite a bit to do with defensive instability and it is a problem that needs to be addressed if we are to have a much better second half of the campaign.
Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that although Wenger is unlikely to get a ‘fair deal’, I believe he should be willing to spend that little bit extra for the betterment of the side. Surely, the Frenchman cannot afford to be penny-pinching with the squad in desperate need of defensive recruitments. One thing is for sure, Le Prof is on the lookout. Let’s hope he can finalise a deal before the transfer window slams shut at the end of the month.