Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has vowed to “rectify” his side’s failings in the summer transfer market by signing a new defender in January.
The Gunners’ inability to draft in a replacement for departed captain Thomas Vermaelen during the last window has been ruthlessly exposed already this season, with injuries to key men having forced the Frenchman to use rookie full-back Calum Chambers in the heart of his rearguard on more than one occasion.
Arsenal were linked with a host of defenders before the deadline passed, yet additions at the back were not made.
Greek centre-back Konstantinos Manolas was a top target, however his proposed £8m move to the club from Olympiakos collapsed over personal terms before he opted to sign for Roma.
Wenger has admitted that the failings were frustrating and pledged to snap up a top class enforcer at the next opportunity:
“We have done remarkably well in transfer window.” He is quoted by Goal. “We tried to buy one more, a defender, but we didn’t find one.
“But we will try to rectify that in January,”
Dortmund ace Mats Hummels is rumoured to be the club’s major target, yet they may face serious competition from Manchester United for the German.