Arsene Wenger may still be on the look out for defensive additions, but it appears he might have confused at least one of his top targets by way of his approach.
Saint Etienne captain Loic Perrin has revealed that he is unsure how far along negotiations are for his supposed move to the Emirates Stadium, as he has been left in the cold by the Gunners after the club made initial contact.
The commanding centre-half reportedly told Al Jazeera that he and Arsenal were talking less regarding the potential switch, casting doubt over whether or not it will happen. Only last week was it claimed that Etienne had set a deadline of last Friday for a deal to be agreed, insinuating that it may be too late for Wenger to get his man.
The player himself has never confirmed that he would be leaving France this January, but even so it looks as though it could well be on the cards so long as Etienne and Arsenal can come to an agreement. Wenger is in need of an experienced centre-back as he looks to provide a solution to the ongoing issues presented by injuries.
So far this term the likes of Laurent Koscielny, Kieran Gibbs, Calum Chambers and Mathieu Debuchy have all struggled at various stages with fitness, whilst Per Mertesacker has had to answer questions regarding his ability to keep up with the opposition strikers.
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Such issues have left Wenger needing more backup, with the likes of Winston Reid and Mats Hummels supposed targets for the future.
That’s not all, as it emerged over the weekend that Arsenal are keen to get a deal for William Carvalho done before the end of the January transfer window. The midfielder has long been a target of Wenger’s, but Sporting Lisbon want £25m.
Whether or not the Gunners boss will pay that amount remains to be seen, with bit-part figure Francois Coquelin having impressed greatly during the clash with Manchester City at the weekend. Arsenal fans will no doubt want to see another figure coming in, particularly one as strong as Carvalho, but Wenger might decide against in if he can help it.