Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is contemplating making a shock swoop for Tottenham Hotspur defender Vlad Chiriches in the winter transfer window, in order to ensure that he’s not left short at the back as he enters the New Year.
Shock deal for Chiriches
Injuries have left the Gunners struggling for options when it comes to their defensive third, and the summer sales of Thomas Vermaelen and Bacary Sagna appear to have adversely affected Wenger’s fortunes.
It’s now believed that the contingency plan is to recruit Chiriches on an emergency loan deal, though whether or not Spurs will be quite as ready to negotiate remains to be seen. Mauricio Pochettino is under pressure as it is given his side's relatively poor start to the season, and the thought of strengthening his biggest rivals isn't one he'll want to entertain.
Despite their 2-1 victory over Everton at the weekend Tottenham are 7th in the Premier League table - coincidentally level on points with Arsenal - and so every move Pochettino now makes will be scrutinised.
Though Chiriches hasn't settled in to English football as well as he would have hoped he remains a quality player on his day, and by loaning him out Spurs wouldn't even see a monetary return.
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In other news Wenger confirmed this morning that club hero Thierry Henry will return to the Emirates Stadium… at some point in the future.
The veteran striker left the New York Red Bulls this week and is looking to begin a new chapter in his career, and Wenger insisted that the door remains open for him to make another comeback.
What exact capacity that would be in remains to be seen, with Henry's age making a third move to the Emirates Stadium as a player highly unlikely. If he wants to move into coaching however it could be ideal, with his reputation in north London allowing for a trial and error period.
- Nacho Monreal, Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all facing late fitness tests to see if they're available to play in tomorrow's clash with Southampton. Wojciech Szczesny is already confirmed as ruled out, whilst Laurent Koscielny will be monitored carefully given his recent return from an Achilles problem.