Arsenal Consider Making Bids for £22m Italian Pair: Wenger Looking for Solid Defensive Additions

Emirates boss desperately looking to improve faltering back line.

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Arsenal are planning a Serie A raid to help ease their defensive frailties and have earmarked a move for Juventus centre back Giorgio Chiellini and Bologna keeper Emiliano Viviano. Arsene Wenger watched on with horror as his side conceded five in their latest friendly against Legia Warsaw and is now desperately looking to bring in new additions before the transfer window slams shut.

New Juventus boss Luigi Delneri is looking to freshen things up at the Turin club and has put a number of players on the transfer list and whilst 25 year Chiellini is not one of those he is openly looking to offload if a substantial bid was made then perhaps he would be open to accepting a deal. The Italian international had a poor World Cup and last term didn’t exactly cover himself with glory as the Old Lady of Italian football struggled all season long.

However he has shown enough potential over the past few seasons to suggest he still has a big future ahead of him. Arsene Wenger is known to be an admirer of the former Fiorentina man and may see the giant defender as a very good addition to his threadbare back line.

Emiliano Viviano made a seamless move from Brescia to Bologna last summer and his performances were key to keeping his side just above the drop zone and those performances have resulted in a call up to the national team for their forthcoming friendly.

The 24 year old has been a steady performer in Italy for a number of seasons and has been linked with a move up the footballing ladder and one can see why Wenger may have an interest in his services, not least because he would not be a costly acquisition. The Gunners boss appears to be looking for a stop gap solution for a season or so as he has two good youngsters in his squad he can turn to in the long term in the form of Mannone and Szczesny. One thing appears to be for sure and that is that Lukasz Fabianski and Manuel Almunia are not keepers he feels he can get stuck with as potential first choices for the coming season.

A combined move for these two Italians would come in at around £22m and given that Arsenal have no financial worries to speak of and the fact that Wenger has been promised a big transfer warchest, these two signings would be very prudent ones.

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