The Frenchman has admitted that he is yet to target a defender this January.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he is yet to decide on his favoured central defensive target for the January transfer window, report the Mail, but it looks increasingly likely that the Frenchman will look to move into the market and bring additional cover to the Emirates Stadium.
Wenger is quoted as saying that, whilst he is working to bring a defender into the club, the January market is “restricted” and that is making his life difficult:
“We are a big attraction, but if it was easy we would do it. We haven’t found anyone.”
“I am not the only one working on the case. It’s not a supermarket where you go in and buy a defender, it’s a market that is very restricted.”
The Mail report does suggest that there are three main targets that Wenger is giving consideration to, however, and the Frenchman must consider the pitfalls and advantages of all three before making his final decision. These are the players in question:
Benedikt Howedes (FC Schalke 04)
The first option suggested by the report is experienced German international Benedikt Howedes of Bundesliga outfit FC Schalke 04 – although it would appear that any move for Howedes, who is rated at around £15 million, would be a long shot. Schalke face a Champions League tie against Real Madrid in the coming weeks and, if Howedes is to leave Gelsenkirchen, it is more likely to be in the summer.