Federico Fazio Could Join Arsenal, Vermaelen Replacement?

Several players have been linked to Arsenal during the course of this transfer window. A position where few players have been linked to is at the centre of defence.

To this effect reports have emerged that Arsenal are interested in signing Argentine defender Federico Fazio from Sevilla.

The 6ft 5in defender who played 27 La Liga matches for Seville last season, comes with a reputation of being able to play in different positions as he can feature in the centre of defence, defensive midfield and at right back.

With the uncertainty over the future of Thomas Vermaelen and with the risky path adopted last season by Arsenal, by having just three centre halves in it squad, the possible signing of the Argentine defender with the added bonus of his versatility, means the club will possibly be bringing in a player who will not lack playing time. As he can feature in several positions.

With the club known for it numerous injury which incidentally is the first club in the injury table every season, the chances of Arsenal signing a player for £12 million could not be sniffed at.

With his height, he can further contribute to Arsenal’s improved defending at set pieces over the past few seasons, which the purchase of Per Mertesacker has aided.

With an established centre half partnership between Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny, which has prevented Thomas Vermaelen from breaking into the team, the question from the pursuit of the Argentine is whether Arsene Wenger can convince the player who played a key role in Sevilla winning the Europa League, when he featured in 12 matches to swap Seville for North London.

The club cannot afford to go into the new season with just three centre halves as it did last season. Although, Bacary Sagna acted as a de facto 4th central defender, he has since left for Manchester City. Which opens the door for another person in that position. Having a player who is a centre half, and who can also play at right back, with the availability of an actual right back means, the club would have the much needed depth in an important area of the pitch.

With a fee in the region of £12 million, Fazio comes as a player who falls within the price bracket of a Wenger signing. As the pendulum of the transfer market swings in different directions, it remains to see what will come out of the Argentinian’s link to Arsenal.