Arsenal Plan £40m Defensive Shake-Up: Wenger Targets International Trio

Emirates boss looks to make significant changes this summer.

Having all but conceded his team are out of the Premier League title race after their loss to Bolton Wanderers, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger knows he has to spend money in order to improve his team.
Wenger was asked whether his squad was right in terms of quality, but just lacking in experience, and did not disagree.
“We have the quality, that is for sure,” said Wenger.
“We have to strengthen the squad where it needs and make the right decision on that front.
“We have not been stable enough defensively.
“This week we have conceded six goals and you cannot afford to concede six goals in April in three games and win the Championship.
“Defensively we have been too frail this season.”
Arsenal have a £40m transfer budget this summer, and the likes of Gary Cahill, Per Mertesacker and Mamadou Sakho have been mentioned.

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There is no doubt that Arsene Wenger will have to consider re-shuffling a defensive pack that has at times looked woeful this season. Summer signings Laurent Koscielny and Sebastien Squillaci have struggled to impress and the continued injury absence of Thomas Vermaelen has greatly affected the stability of a back line that appears to struggle to deal with the most basic of defensive tasks.

Recent performances have seen the North London club drop out of the title race, with Arsenal conceding nine goals in their last six games, and this summer Wenger wants to make significant changes at the back and has therefore been linked with this trio of talent.

Bolton centre back Gary Cahill has been a consistent performer over the past two seasons but the Trotters could sell one of their prized assets as they look to balance the books but the valuation placed on the 25 year old England international, said to be around £20m, may well scare off the prudent spending Gunners boss and he may therefore opt to turn to the other two targets named by this source.

Mamadou Sakho is an archetypal Wenger signing, and not just because he is French, but because he is comfortable with the ball, young and experienced. The 21 year old has over 100 top level appearances to his name and the fact he can play at full back as well may well tempt Arsene into making an offer for the long term target.

Per Mertesacker is a giant of a defender, the 6ft 5in centre back has already amassed 75 international caps yet is just 26 years old and the fact that his Werder Bremen side a woeful season may well tempt the big defender to make a move to the Premier League.

Clearly Arsenal may also be looking to bring in a new keeper having seen Manuel Almunia struggle and Lukasz Fabianski is seemingly not deemed first choice material and whilst Wojciech Szczesny is a great prospect Arsene Wenger may be looking for a more experienced first team starter as well as new defenders.

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