Arsenal Surprisingly Targeting Former Liverpool Star As Cover In Defence

The Gunners are said to be looking at Madrid’s Arbeloa.

Real Madrid full-back Alvaro Arbeloa has emerged as a shock transfer target for Arsenal after loaning out Carl Jenkinson to West Ham United on Thursday, according to the Metro.

This is despite the fact the Gunners have already signed two new right-backs this summer in the shape of Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers – from Newcastle United and Southampton respectively.

However, Arbeloa’s versatility appeals to manager Arsene Wenger after losing Jenkinson and with club captain Thomas Vermaelen being constantly linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium.

The 31-year-old primarily operates on the right, but can also play as a left-back and in central defence and with Chambers expected to take some time to settle in and adapt, Wenger is keen not to be caught short.

Arbeloa has experience in English football as well having spent two-and-a-half years with Liverpool and shouldn’t take too much time to adapt to the demands of the Premier League.

The Spain international has spent the past five years with Madrid and although not always a first team regular, has played 194 games for the Spanish giants during that time, winning La Liga, the Champions League and two Copa del Reys, as well as the 2010 World Cup and two European Championships with his national team.

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