Five defenders Arsenal could sign in January
Sam Rogers takes a look at five defenders Arsene Wenger could sign in January
The Borussia Dortmund and Germany international is one of the highest-regarded young centre-havles in the world at the moment, and despite being heavily linked with Manchester United, Arsenal will be keen to secure the signature of the 24-year-old. Hummels has been a regular for Dortmund for a number of years and has scored 20 goals in all competitions for the German side. He has rapidly become a regular in the national side, proving instrumental in his side winning the recent World Cup in Brazil. He defends with a maturity much advancing of his years and has a brilliant awareness and ability to read the game. Pairing up with his fellow countryman Per Mertesacker could be massive for Arsenal if they get the signing, as the Gunners look to stop throwing away leads.
Fellow German Benedikt Howedes, who plies his trade at Bundesliga side, Schalke would also be a great fit for Arsene Wenger’s side. Slightly older than Hummels, Howedes has strong presence in the centre of defence and can deputise as right-back if needed. He is a selfless player which would suit Wenger and his leadership skills could provide the organisation at the back they sorely miss at the moment. He, like Hummels, has the ability to be a threat further down the field as well scoring some important goals for his side. The second of two strong German options for Wenger and his side.
The Real Madrid player has been heavily linked with the Premier League in recent times, with a £19m move to join former Madrid manager Jose Mourinho at Chelsea seems to be on the cards. That may deter Wenger, who has perennially avoided bidding wars and over paying for players. The Frenchman has been touted by some as being better than Madrid legend Fernando Hierro with his superior strength and speed compared to the Spaniard. The problem for fans of the English clubs itching for Varane’s signature is the six-year contract extension he signed this year, keeping him at the Bernabeau until 2020, presumably unless a lot of money is spent.
The Uruguay international has to be one of the finest and most underrated defenders in the world right now. Strong in the air, superb technically and an unerring awareness of the game, the Atletico Madrid defender has been brilliant for club and country in recent times, starting 51 matches for Atletico in all competitions last season. The 28-year-old has been heavily linked with a big move to Bayern Munich as a replacement for Javi Martinez in Pep Guardiola’s side but could be tempted by a move to England if the deal is right. Whether the scrutiny of playing in the current Arsenal side is something Diego Godin is willing to deal with is another thing, but he would definitely be a great addition to the north London outfit.
The dynamic Dutchman had a brilliant World Cup, helping his side to the semi-finals of the tournament. As an Aston Villa player, Ron Vlaar is already well versed with the rigours of English football and playing alongside some more quality players will no doubt raise his game. With the Dutchman out of contract in the Summer, he could come with the bargain price tag that the frugal Frenchman appreciates. He has a fearless attitude and what he lacks in pace he makes up for in awareness and anticipation. He is also a threat at the attacking set-piece. Could be the no-nonsense rock in defence that Arsenal so dearly need.