It was just a few days ago that we heard the surprise declaration from the Germany international Mats Hummels that Arsenal did not even attempt to sign him from Borussia Dortmund after he made it clear that he would be moving on. We might not have got him anyway because he signed for the German champions Bayern Munich but it would have been nice to at least try.
I just hope that this does not mean that Arsene Wenger is not thinking of adding to his defensive options during the summer transfer window because I for one think it is a key area in which the Gunners are not strong enough. Mertesacker’s lack of pace is becoming a real concern as forwards get quicker and quicker, while Koscielny does not seem able to play every game of a season.
Gabriel can be too hot headed and Chambers is not experienced enough so another top quality centre back would be a great transfer move for Arsenal and the former team mate of Hummels at Dortmund has just sent out a come and get me plea that IO really hope Wenger reacts to.
An Express report reveals that Neven Subotic has issued a statement via Facebook that he wanted to leave Dortmund after making just 11 appearances last season due to injury and falling down the pecking order under their new boss.
The Serbia international wrote, “Dear friends, during the last year I realised that my love for the game of football in an active role is too big to just be able to see it from outside. Football is an important part of my life. I love it and I can’t be without it.
“I am in the best age for a football player and I want to use my time to improve myself and my team every day. And I want to have the feeling I am needed and I can give everything for my club. That is what I am thinking about.”
At 27-years old Subotic is in his prime and he is a fantastic talent. At 6ft 3in he seems like the perfect long term replacement for Mertesacker, so will Wenger answer this transfer plea?