After Arsenal’s latest defensive injury, manager Arsene Wenger must be asking what he has done to offend the footballing gods.
The Gunners broke the news that they had lost their fourth and last first team full-back on Monday. Brazil international Andre Santos was to undergo surgery on damaged ankle ligaments and would be out for three months.
This meant that Arsenal’s list of first team full-backs was a round zero and three of the four set to be out until the New Year.
Kieran Gibbs is the only one not on the long-term injury list, but that is only because he is just coming off of it. Bacary Sagna is recovering from a broken leg and Carl Jenkinson has a nasty sounding stress fracture in his spine.
So what does Arsene do? Well, until January 2nd 2012 he will be faced with having to use all four of his first choice centre-backs.
After that Wenger may be forced to dip into the transfer market and GMF have compiled a list of possible targets.
The Everton player has been linked with Arsenal in the past and was tipped by many to be the next arrival after the sales of Gael Clichy and Armand Traore.
Wenger opted for Santos in the end but may renew his interest in the England international – a fee of £12million has been suggested as the required amount.
The Lyon defender has been the subject of much transfer talk recently and, with Lyon having significant financial problems, he may be available in January for the right price.
However, Arsenal will reportedly have to fight it out with Newcastle and Liverpool to sign the Senegal international and pay around £7-11million, if reports are to be believed.
The Argentine was linked with Arsenal as a possible signing in January before Santos was crocked and Wenger could now step up their interest in the Nice player.
Monzon won an Olympic gold medal with Argentina in 2008 and is known for having a cultured left foot. Bundesliga side Schalke have also been credited with an interest and the price is not expected to be so high, around £3million.
The American is currently in the country trialling with West Brom but would most likely opt to go to London should the chance arise.
Ream operates predominantly at centre-half but is also deployed as a fullback for his side New York Red Bulls. There has been no price quoted but it is unlikely to be out of the Gunners’ price range.
The AC Milan man has recently spoken of his frustration at a lack of playing time at San Siro and has admitted he has considered leaving.
He is contracted to the Serie A champions until 2014 but they acquired him on a free transfer in the summer, so any potential transfer fee is unlikely to be very high.
The Nigerian international has been linked with both Everton and Newcastle but his positional versatility could spur Wenger to make a move to sign him under the noses of his Premier League rivals.
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