Arsenal Close In On £8m Full Back Solution

Another full back injury at the Emirates Stadium last night could force Arsenal into the transfer market.

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Arsenal have been told they can sign Lyon defender Aly Cissokho for £8million.

Injuries to Kieran Gibbs, Andre Santos and Carl Jenkinson have forced Arsene Wenger to look into the transfer market, though he would rather secure a loan signing this month.

The Gunners boss has been strongly linked with 24-year-old France international Cissokho, and his cash-strapped employers are looking to sell.

Newcastle have also been linked with the former Porto defender, who cost Lyon £12.9m when they signed him in July 2009.

Cissokho is keen on a move to England and his representatives are due to hold talks with Lyon about securing a move.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

Arsenal fans enjoyed a spectacular evening in the FA Cup last night, with their returning king Thierry Henry scoring the only goal as the Gunners eliminated Leeds United.

The one low point of the match for the North London club was when Francis Coquelin – deputising at left back – pulled up with a hamstring injury.

It continued the remarkable series of crocks to Arsenal’s full backs, as Bacary Sagna, Carl Jenkinson, Kieran Gibbs and Andre Santos all injured.

What’s more, usual deputies Thomas Vermaelen and Johan Djourou were also unavailable for last night’s match due to injury and suspension respectively.

Left back Aly Cissokho is a fine attacking left back, comfortable on the ball and a decent crosser, but it is difficult to imagine Arsenal signing a third senior left back.

Thomas Vermaelen is expected to be available by mid-January, while Gibbs and Sagna ought to be in action at the end of the transfer window.

Furthermore, Ignasi Miquel and Nico Yennaris did their chances no harm with creditable performances.

As Arsene Wenger said himself, “A loan defender is the likely scenario,” and moving for an £8m player with players on the cusp of returns would be most unlike Wenger.

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