Who is the club captain Arsenal are tracking?

Name: Loic Perrin
Age: 29
Position: Centre-back/Defensive-midfielder
Nationality: (caps): France U-21 (4)
Club: Saint-Etienne
Value: £6million

Arsene Wenger is looking to rectify his inability to bring in a replacement centre-back for Thomas Vermaelen after sanctioning the Belgium international’s move to La Liga giants Barcelona.

What’s the story?

The 29-year-old has revealed that the Gunners have been in contact with him over possibly sounding out a deal, he said:

“I have been contacted personally

“Arsenal is interested but for now there is still no contact with Saint-Etienne.”

Is he worth it?

Depends on how you view the January transfer window? If you view it like Arsene Wenger as an inconvenience, not a time to get good value for money then, yeah, signing an experienced centre-back with proven European experience for under £10million, means he is certainly worth it. However, if you view it as an Arsenal fan, knowing their club has millions to spend and having been linked previously with bigger fish – such as Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels – then, nope, this seems an underwhelming signing.

Although, maybe after giving his ‘best bits’ a cheeky watch, the Gooners out there may well change their minds:

Who would Perrin replace?

Depends what position Le Professeur has earmarked for Perrin’s potential arrival. If it is as a centre-back, then Per Mertesacker will no doubt fear for his place having faced heavy criticism this season. However, if it is the 29-year-old’s ability to play defensive-midfield that is taking Wenger’s fancy, Mathieu Flamini – assuming Mikel Arteta remains fit – will struggle to make the matchday 18.


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