Especially ever since the match against Manchester United, some Arsenal fans lamented Arsenal’s lack of more proper central defenders. Granted, yes, that the centre-halves were appalling on the day itself, this might have seemed true. But right now, logically speaking, does Arsenal really need another central defender?
The current situation literally sees a defence with only central defenders (before Djourou’s injury). The two centre-halves are Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker, Thomas Vermaelen plays on the left while Johan Djourou (used to, now Coquelin seems to play there) plays on the right.
Arsenal has five or six specialist central defenders at the moment. Aside from the four mentioned above, the unfavoured Sebastien Squillaci and youngster Miquel Ignasi can also fill in at the central position. With Wenger also commenting that “Djourou has little chance for the Wolves game”, he insinuates that Djourou will indeed be back sooner rather than later. Further counting Alex Song as a competent central defender, that makes seven of them!
The 4-3-3 formation by Arsene Wenger only requires two central defenders, and even with two other central defenders playing at the fullback positions the defence look assured enough. Therefore, if Wenger spends in the January transfer window he will be looking not at central defenders but at fullbacks to back the team up instead.
“I have had no contact with Bolton about Cahill,” Wenger said.
“We have plenty of centre backs, fortunately they can play on the flanks too as they are at the moment. We are not looking for any centre backs. No chance.”
The professor sums it up well. Instead of being blinkered and still insisting on getting yet another central defender, the few of these Arsenal fans should instead trust Wenger’s judgment!