8. Adil Rami – Valencia
Another centre back that could have added some significant steel to the Gunners back line – if not only to challenge the established duo of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny, but to provide some much needed cover for the injured Thomas Vermaelen, who’s hip injury and dip in form last season has seen him fall out of favour at the Emirates.
Rami was linked with a move to Arsenal, as well as several other sides over the summer but opted to stay with La Liga giants Valencia instead. However, hit time there may now be short lived after falling out with the coach Miroslav Djukic, and claiming that he would never play for the club again, sending a number of sides across Europe scrambling for his signature.
Full back Bacary Sagna has done well when asked to fill in at centre-back on an emergency basis, but Rami seemed an ideal opportunity to add some real depth and quality to that shaky back-line, but will they be quick enough to secure his services once the transfer window reopens.