Arsenal defence face summer exit
Arsene Wenger is targeting centre-backs in a bid to improve his team’s defence in the summer transfer window.
Current captain Vermaelen has had a huge dip in form this season and there is reports that the captaincy is to blame but he has also suffered an ankle injury. Mertesacker and Sagna could also be leaving the Emirates come May.
The Arsenal scouts having been trying to find central defence targets and it has been indicated that they are interested in Swansea captain Ashley Williams as well as Fernando Amorebieta, Nicolas N’Koulou and Raul Abiol, according to The Daily Mail.
Arsene Wenger has never spoken publicly of individual failings in the team but behind closed doors he is frustrated that the defence aren’t playing as well as they should be. He considered a change in formation before Christmas, which would have meant placing an extra defender into the backline, but decided to stick with the current formation.
He has spotted a weakness in the backline and he wants to improve that, but the French boss is also looking for a new goalkeeper, right-back, defensive midfielder and a forward which he hopes will enable Arsenal to compete for silverware next season.
Wenger is considering removing the captaincy from Vermaelen and handing it over to 21-year-old Jack Wilshere next season bringing forward the plan to do from 2015.