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Arsenal should consider five centre-backs heading into the title run-in (1)

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It is Arsenal who lead the Premier League table entering 2016 and the January transfer window is well under way.

The Gunners can’t afford to slip up against any opposition with Manchester City rapidly chasing and Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City and Manchester United all still very much in the race.

Bringing in a couple of fresh faces will be key to adding extra legs to the squad for what could be an extremely tough end to the season - star players may burn out, goal droughts could hit the likes of Olivier Giroud and further injuries should also be expected.

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Generally, Arsenal looks good going forward with a whole host of options from Alexis Sanchez to Alex Iwobi able to cover these positions. However, defensively this is not the case, particularly at centre-half.

Currently, the club have just three natural centre backs in Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista, utility man Calum Chambers is also able to fill in that role, but is usually only used as a last resort.

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For a club challenging for the league, aiming to be the first team in the modern era to win the FA Cup three times in a row, and still going in the UEFA Champions League, only having three experienced central defenders could be costly.

The majority of football fans would agree that Koscielny is the best of the bunch in this Arsenal defence so if he were to get injured the team would be weakened instantly, and that's without considering the possibility of either another centre-back also being absent.

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Therefore, it may be a wise decision for the Arsenal boss to look in the market for an extra centre-half to prevent a potential disaster occurring in the second half of the season

Here are five players who could be available and would make a telling impact in Wenger's bid to end his Premier League title drought.

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Topics:
Arsenal
Thierry Henry
Arsene Wenger
Shkodran Mustafi
Premier League
Football
Ashley Williams

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