Due to our awful injury worries with our defenders this season (plus our goals-against tally), many Arsenal fans were begging Unai Emery to buy a centre-back in January. But the boss in fact made it clear that he had too many already! He said: “We have enough players who can play centre back in the squad. The problem is we’re having a lot of injuries in this position. We have enough players. If we can bring another player, and all the other players we have are well to play, then we could maybe have a problem in the future.”
Perhaps the summer will be different as we may have some retirees and maybe a few sales from our back line, so now we have our first Arsenal defender rumour of the year. The Mirror reports…
Arsenal are ready to rival Liverpool in the race for Borussia Moenchengladbach defender Matthias Ginter.
The Germany international — well known to Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp from their days at Borussia Dortmund — has impressed since joining Gladbach in 2017.
And his form has prompted keen interest from the Gunners as well, with Unai Emery considering a move for him in the summer as he bolsters his options at the back.
Apparently the German is valued at around £35million by Gladback, which is about what we paid for Mustafi. I don’t suppose they would consider a swap would they?
One interesting fact about Ginter is that although he has made 23 appearances for Germany he has the doubtful record of being the only outfield player in German football history who participated in two World Cup campaigns without playing a single minute!
Would he be a good target for the Gunners?