Wenger keen to bring in emergency defenders to the Emirates.
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Arsene Wenger has admitted he is likely to have to go into the transfer market after being dealt a double injury blow.
Arsenal defender Sebastien Squillaci suffered a hamstring injury in the FA Cup draw with Leeds and he is facing a lay-off.
That comes on top of a new setback for Thomas Vermaelen who has not played for Arsenal since the end of August because of a long-running Achilles injury.
Belgian defender Vermaelen resumed some training last week but the pain in his Achilles flared up again and further tests have left Arsenal uncertain when he will play again.
It means that Wenger will now have to dip into the January market with Bolton’s Gary Cahill and Werder Bremen stopper Per Mertesacker among his likely targets. Wenger also went for Everton’s Phil Jagielka last summer.
The injury to Squillaci leaves Wenger with only Johan Djourou and Laurent Koscielny as his fit centre halves. Spanish teenager Ignasi Miquel, 18, was on the bench against Leeds after being promoted from the reserves. (Daily Mirror)
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is in a bit of a pickle and now needs emergency defensive reinforcement and whilst some sources believe he may offer veteran Sol Campbell a short term deal to return for a third Gunners stint it seems far more likely the Emirates boss will look to sign one or both of the two players mentioned in the source.
Per Mertesacker would be a player who Wenger would very much like to bring to the club and the ultra experienced German is looking for a new challenge, especially after Werder Bremen’s very poor showing in the first half of the Bundesliga season, currently 14th.
Gary Cahill may be a harder nut to crack. Owen Coyle has put a price on the England international’s head of around £20m, a price that is only a little bit more than Wenger was willing to pay Everton for Phil Jagielka, a player who is older and is not in as good a run of form as the Bolton man.
A lot will depend on just how much the north London club is willing to pay to bring in new additions and given that the club has had a five year long silverware drought and that the club is doing well financially then I would imagine Wenger is willing to pay the price necessary to land Cahill.
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