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Shouldn’t Arsenal be looking to strengthen the backline?

Posted on January 31, 2019 by David Nugent

As we all know today is transfer deadline day. There is sure to be major movement around the country and Europe on the transfer front. According to differing reports, Arsenal have either sign Denis Suarez or are close to signing the Spaniard on-loan until the end of the season, with a view to a permanent deal next summer.

It seems like a shrewd move, while the Gunners are also reportedly attempting to sign Belgium winger Yannick Carrasco from Chinese club Dalian Yifang. The Gunners were also recently linked with a move for Inter winger Ivan Perisic.

Why are Arsenal targeting attacking midfielders?

The list of Arsenal transfer targets in the transfer window seems to have been predominantly attacking midfielders/wingers. It could be argued that Suarez is a versatile player and can play in the centre of midfield too, but why are the Gunners not targeting defensive reinforcements?

Arsenal have been highly vulnerable in defence this season. Now to make matters worse, Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Sokratis will be out of action for the next month at least. Captain Laurent Koscielny is also a doubt for this weekend’s visit to Manchester City.

In short, even when Arsenal have a fully fit squad they struggle to keep a clean sheet, add three or four injuries into the mix and Unai Emery’s squad looks very weak in defence. Arsenal have kept just two clean sheets in their last 17 Premier League outings, which is a poor record for a top team.

Surely, somebody involved with the Arsenal first-team has thought about strengthening the defence in January. If they did why have the Gunners spent most of the transfer window trying to strengthen in forward areas, rather than scoping out defenders, who are obviously needed.

A great chance of a top-four finish

Chelsea’s shock 4-0 defeat at Bournemouth on Wednesday night means that Arsenal moved into the top-four by virtue of goal scored, as the two teams are on the same goal difference.

The Blues struggles are increasing the chance of the Gunners sealing a top-four spot this season. Arsenal are now odds of 11/5 to finish in the Champions League spots this season. A top-four finish is not unrealistic for the Gunners.

However, I cannot help thinking that the lack of defensive reinforcements may well cost Arsenal when it comes to finishing in the top four this season.

Should Arsenal have strengthened their defence in January?

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