Arsenal consider signing Mario Yepes

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Arsenal are considering a shock move for free agent Mario Yepes, according to Metro.

The 36-year-old is a veteran of the game having featured in over 600 games during his career. Having left Atalanta at the end of last season, he is available on a free transfer and Arsene Wenger is ready to offer him a short-term contract.

Centre-back problems

Wenger was criticised after failing to secure defensive reinforcements on transfer deadline day. Danny Welbeck was the only incoming star, leaving the Gunners with just three centre-backs until January.

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Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny are more than capable of performing at the highest level for Arsenal but only Calum Chambers lies in reserve. Although the 19-year-old has been impressive since his move from Southampton, the fact remains that he is very inexperienced at the highest level.

However, Chambers finds himself as the only viable backup to both Mertesacker and Koscielny but centre-back Yepes could provide some much needed relief.

Short-term contract

According to the report, Wenger has been an admirer of Yepes for some time and is considering offer him a short-term contract to become Arsenal's fourth choice centre-back.

The player's agent reportedly confirmed that Yepes was open to a move to England and was apparently in England touting his client the Premier League teams. It seems the Gunners have since taken a keen interest.


There does, however, appear to be a massive problem holding us back from believing these reports. Arsenal submitted their 25-man squad list to the Premier League this morning and will be unable to add players until January.

If Yepes does sign, he will be ineligible for Premier League games but would still be able to play in the Capital One Cup, FA Cup and Champions League. However, signed as a man to provide relief from injury, not being eligible for the Premier League makes it nothing short of a pointless venture.

Youth alternatives

What appears likely is that Wenger will ride his luck until January at the earliest. If Mertesacker and Koscielny stay fit, there will be no issue. If two centre-backs succumb to injury, then the Under-21 team will have to be raided.

Currently Isaac Hayden appears closest to the Arsenal first team and can operate at centre-back. However, his natural position is midfield meaning Spain starlet Julio Pleguezuelo could earn a call up.

The former Barcelona academy member has impressed since moving to north London and has been tipped to break into the first team in the next few years.

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