Emery eyeing a defensive addition in the January transfer window

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Unai Emery says that although the January transfer window isn’t the ideal time to buy players, he’d be open to an addition when business starts getting done next month.

Unsurprisingly he’s after a central defender to help boost that area of the team, following the serious injury suffered by Rob Holding. The 22 year old is out for the rest of the season with a torn cruciate ligament, and it’s left the squad light in a key area.

Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi will be joined by Laurent Koscielny, set to make his comeback against Qarabag tonight, but at 33 and on the back of a serious Achilles injury there have to be some question marks about him.

Dinos Mavropanos is another option when fit, but he’s missed all of this campaign so far with a groin problem and remains in rehab with a return to full training earmarked for later this month.

It means the Gunners could dip into the market in January, and Emery made his preference clear.

“I think if we can take one player to help us at centre-back, I think it’s a good option,” he said.

“The transfer window is not easy. Koscielny is coming back and for the team it’s very important he is coming back.

“Then we are going to wait and see how Mavropanos is improving with his injuries, because he is also a centre-back who can help us.

“Another option we can play with two, with three, and  Nacho Monreal and Lichtsteiner can play in this position.

“But I prefer to use, if we can, a specialist centre-back.”

Already names are being bandied around. A loan move to out of favour Chelsea veteran Gary Cahill has been mooted, while some reports suggest that Emery is keen on Man Utd’s former Villarreal defender Eric Bailly.

No doubt there’ll be plenty more added to that list over the coming weeks, but we have to get to January 1st before Sven and Raul can do anything about it.

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Legrande
Legrande

Sven and Raul…..Partnership like Marcus and Mike, Tango and Cash..could go on and on.

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

Peanut butter and jelly/jam

William Brooks
William Brooks

This could work out well, get someone in now before next season, integrate them and ultimately take the place of Koscielny in the squad next season having been here for a good few months

Bailly isn’t a bad player at all and I’d love to see us show Mourinho up as the twonk he is.

gooner1981
gooner1981

We have Mustafi, Sokratis, Chambers, Holding, Mavrapanos, Koscielny, a few youngsters and makeshift options. Don’t know if we should buy anyone in Jan, unless it is someone of the calibre of a Koulibaly, which would have us move on a couple of players in the summer. A loan deal for the short-term looks good, although Cahill isn’t someone who fills me with much confidence.

Runzac
Runzac

Kos and Sokratis can last a couple of seasons at best – we need an upgrade

santori
santori

Koscielny if he can last this campaign will be lucky. He is retiring end of season. Don’t get your head in a muddle.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Moronho ruins a lot of good players

Bring back David Hillier
Bring back David Hillier

Does Mavropanos need a new groin? He’s been out for a long time with same injury… Not sure a loan move for Cahill would be wise.

N10
N10

Groin implant LOL. No but I had a groin injury in my sporting days that took a year to heal properly. By that I mean it meant I could play on it in 4 months but I still had problems for the next year. I was a bad tear though. Some are worse than others.

Santori
Santori

Mavropanos needs to go on loan. Promising but nothing suggest he is ready to step up.

Ya gooner
Ya gooner

Cahill is a good choice in the short tern just until we have our young cbs fit, otherwise I’d say grab a brilliant defender if available to replase mustafi/ the boss (:[) we’ve seen what a great cb can do with Liverpool.

Vonnie
Vonnie

Apparently Cahill isn’t wanted by Sarri because he’s not good enough technically. If we want to play out from the back we don’t need a player like that, apart from the fact that Cahill isn’t very nice.

David C
David C

Christopher Samba is a free agent!!!

santori
santori

No Cahill or Samba.

Sokratis is already a stop gap at 30yrs.

We need a younger player like Calero.

Mesut O'Neill
Mesut O'Neill

Might be tough, he died in 2012

Lucas Sam
Lucas Sam

What about a DM that can also play as an CB so that we have cober for torreira and CB, granted torreira has been long coming by himself i don’t know if we and find another gem like him that can do cb also

Pat Rice and Beans
Pat Rice and Beans

Kim Kallstrom!

sambo
sambo

You mean Chambers? haha. But in all honestly you heard the man, we want a specialist

AnonymousGun
AnonymousGun

Elneny say hi!

Evang. Simon
Evang. Simon

Has anyone being watching Dortmund recently?

Since that has turned to our feeder team

gooner1981
gooner1981

Funny how our feeder team is top of their league, and playing in the CL while we’re rocking the Europa League

sambo
sambo

Although you were slapping Evang down i still feel slightly slapped down too from that one haha damn.

Harish P
Harish P

It should be clear to us fans before we get our hopes up that this isn’t a guarantee, just an.ideal.

Curious to see who does come in, if anyone. I feel it’ll be an elder one so Emery can really plan his defense out properly in the summer when all options should be available.

Pedant
Pedant

Let’s get a relative unknown unknown, like Torreira but a CB.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Let’s buy a world class cb, or if not possible, wait for the summer window.

Pedant
Pedant

Agreed, like Torreira but a CB.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

All we need then is strikers, wingers and full backs like torreira and we will be unstoppable

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

Ugh blogs, you mention two of the transfer rumours that make my stomach churn – I can’t think why we would want to purchase a manure flop or a chavski has-been (like they would loan or sell him to us anyway)!!! I much prefer the sound of some of the other players we have been linked with and hope we do invest in a Kos replacement as, unfortunately, I think he will struggle with niggling injuries!!!

Absolut
Absolut

Please not thug, classless Cahill; a terrible idea

santori
santori

Plus he’s old

Rich
Rich

Mario Hermoso we’ve been linked with from Espanyol for €40,000,000?
Can’t see Stan being keen on spending that sort of money though, not after no doubt saddling the club with a new £550,000,000 debt + interest

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Disappointed not hear anything about a winger.
Iwobi & Mkhi are not good enough.

Flash
Flash

I think (and hope) our 1st priority will be a left footed right winger in the summer…

Santori
Santori

Wide player is tricky.

Most good ones even if available are cup tied.

Which leaves players like Pepe and their agents able to price higher.

Santori
Santori

We need someone to play right side to support Bellerin.

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

I think you are harsh on both but I can see that mkhi is struggling for form – personally I can see Iwobi and Nelson rotating on the left, but we definitely need someone on the right, maybe Pepe

Fart Overjars
Fart Overjars

Not another united reject please. They come out of that place with a thousand yard stare. Not the sort mentality that will help us defend set pieces.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

Bailly is a good defender just been ruined by Mourinho…I can’t forgive him for what he’s done to Mkhi…I love him but feel we got half the player that Man Utd bought.

riku
riku

think smalling and bailey out of contract in summer [ one of them plus cash for ramsey in jan] anyone?

GunnAlex
GunnAlex

Callum Chambers

santori
santori

Looks like he’s done. Not even featuring regularly enough for Fulham.

He is one player that Wenger did not manage well.

Promising Rback from Soton converted first into midfield and then at CBack but neither a success.

He needs to move on with his career.

Tom
Tom

De Ligt please before he’s valued 80m

Tom
Tom

THiS!!!!

gooner1981
gooner1981

He probably already is….

santori
santori

Spend 80m so we don’t have money to reinforce other areas. Smart.

AnonymousGun
AnonymousGun

Supported you always santori, but the guy said we should get De Ligt BEFORE he is valued 80M.

Robin
Robin

Am I the only one who feels like we might be buying too quickly? I know we have suspensions for Southampton, but we do have a few options going forward, we have Sokratis, Mustafi, Koscielny, Mavropanos coming back from injury and the two full backs who can slot in. Remember next season holding will be back as well as chambers, buying someone will just stunt one of our players’ development. If we could somehow sanction a loan move for Cahill then great, otherwise I’d sit tight

Santori
Santori

Mavropanos is untried. Nothing suggest he is ready to step up. Remember last season fans wanking off to him but he was suspect dealing with crosses into the box despite his large frame. He needs to go on loan.

Koscielny is a doubt if he can last the season. Any feature is a bonus.

That means realistically just Mustafi and Sokratis.

Bit of a risk…to say the least.

We can do better than Cahill.

Hantal
Hantal

I can’t see united or Chelsea wanting to do anything that might strengthen us as we’re all going for the same position

Red Arrow
Red Arrow

How much do you gamble to try and finifsh in the top 4? I guess that’s the question for the owners.

Santori
Santori

CAlero apparently for 11m euros. That isn’t much.

Red Arrow
Red Arrow

*finish

SG_Gooner
SG_Gooner

If it’s up to Wenger, we would probably try to get mertesacker to cover….

Andre
Andre

mertesacker to cover…. is not a bad idea

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

It’s a terrible idea and I love the BFG

Abhi
Abhi

Very important period coming up for the club from now till January, with so many games to play and a threadbare defence. I hope we can cope.

allezkev
allezkev

Tonight would be a good opportunity to give Zach Medley some more 1st team exposure, see how he goes and we might find we already have an internal solution.

santori
santori

Don’t get confuse with these sort of opponents. Its a different level at PL.

Ronny
Ronny

Let’s assess the situation.

Kos – 33. Coming back from injury. Can at best play intermetiently as CB the next season and a half.

Montreal – 33 (in Feb). Coming back from injury. Can play LCB, LB and of need be LWB. Versatile. Can play a season and a half at this level ( hopefully )

Mustafi – 26. Decent CB. Minor injury. Should be back by the game after Southampton one. Here to stay, till we find a better one.

Sokratis – 30. Good CB and RCB. Can give us 3 seasons at least, at his best. Looks solid for most part. No issues as of now. Will be back after, his suspension.

Holding -23. IMO, our best. Here and now after. Out for season. RB and RCB.

Mavropanos – 21. The matches he played showed he can handle the fast pace. Soon to return from injury. Hoping he would play in the second half of the season. See him, as a one cog of wheel with Holding, for future.

Pluezeguelo – 19 – Future prospect. Lot to be determined.

Lichsteiner 35 (in Jan)- Really just here for his experience and a stop gap for this season.

Which brings us to the point I am trying to make. Do we really need a Defender this Window?
Mustafi, Sokratis, Kos, Monreal, Lich ( even Elneny if need be ) can play. Not even for a loan move.

Only defender we need is a VVD or Kos type, who can sort out the defensive coordination, a leader figure.
Which brings me to the other point of mine. The reason we have letting goals easily is not because we don’t have good defenders but we don’t have someone who can marshal them. Kos will help but not for long. Someone like VVD needs to replace him long term.

IMO, we should focus on getting wingers who can hold and run with the ball at players,dribbling past them. What Sanchez used to do, or what Dembele might do (fat chance him coming ). But you get the idea. An infusion of pace and trickery to open defence. So that we may at last take a lead in first half. (:D)

Ronny
Ronny

That’s what I believe. What do you guys think?

Hantal
Hantal

I think Mavs red card showed he isn’t now quite able to cope with the pace yet but there is definite potential there.
There seems to be a lot of ‘what ifs’ with him, similarly to other long term injured players we’ve had. It’s too easy to assume he’ll be great before he’s actually had a run in the side. Personally I’m concerned he’s had so long out with what should be a relatively routine recovery.
I completely agree on your overall assessment- we aren’t short of numbers or quality, just a combative leader

santori
santori

Depends on opportunity.

If a Cback like Calero from Valladolid is available for under 11m euros, its worth considering jumping the gun and getting in the replacement now.

Koscielny will not play beyond this season. We will be lucky if he last it.

BigArse
BigArse

75 Million for Koulibaly would suit, I figure. Dare to dream.

santori
santori

err…that would be a big ask.

Slightly expensive and will afford us excuse not to spend in other areas.

Santori
Santori

Things mustn’t be too good for Holding.

I hope we land Calero from Valladolid. Seems a classy player with good footwork and at 23yrs plenty of upside plus good height at 6’2.

Price looks a steal too.

Likely Koscielny will retire end of season. Lichsteiner will go too. Maybe Monreal might be retained one more season.

Plus Mavropanos is not proven article so needs to go on loan IMO.

AND looks like end of Chambers.

So there’s plenty of room to add.

Most likely Calero will take the middle slot in the back 3, Holding left side, Mustafi right and Sokratis the senior man role probably middle role as well but it gives plenty more competition.

This may impact whether we move for a wide player as well in January though.

CuriousGeorgeGraham
CuriousGeorgeGraham

That Virgil Van Dyke fellow up in Liverpool looks decent. Wonder if we could nab him off those under-achieving reds?

don't forget
don't forget

“specialist centre-back” I love it.