Arsenal fans are very well aware that our defence has been rubbish this year, but we failed to bring any reinforcements in January, with Wenger saying that the highly experienced West Brom captain Jonny Evans was just too expensive. But Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp had the same problems with his defence and immediately solved the problem by laying out an incredible £75m for Virgil van Dijk from Southampton.
Most of us were pretty happy that the Gunners brought in two superstrikers at a cost of over £50m each, but according to Thierry Henry, it is very unlikely that Wenger would be willing to pay that much for a much-needed centre-back. “It seems like people always say that he does not want to spend big,” Henry said.
“He will always think that some of the players are not worth the price that you put on a table.
“But it is a new era, you have to put at least, if you want someone good, £60m, £70m, whatever the position is.
“I think he finds that really difficult.
“He does it easy for a striker, or a creative player, but for defenders, he probably thinks ‘that might be a lot’.
“We are obviously speculating, but it is a weird one that is difficult to pinpoint, because in some games they can show us that they can do it.”
Arsenal obviously think that defenders can be bought cheaply, as Mavropolas only cost us 2m this summer, and Rob Holding cost the same amount a couple of years back, but can we keep hoping that we get a rough diamond that can take te Premiership by storm, or should we just pay the asking prices to bring in a ready-made star defender?