Arsene Wenger on signing a new centre-back and keeping Andrey Arshavin
Written by Jeffrey on January 30, 2011 4:45
With only a few days left before the end of the winter transfer window, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger confessed the Gunners could sign a new centre back, on loan.
Speaking ahead of this afternoon’s FA Cup against Huddersfield, the Frenchman admitted the defensive department is a little bit short in numbers but also how no player was identified as a possible new signing after iresearch was carried out this month. The Arsenal boss did however add how he is happy with the options currently available at the back especially now that Sebastien Squillaci is back in the squad.
Asked about the situation with midfielder Andrey Arshavin, Wenger rubbished rumours about a possible departure of the Russian as he declared that he wants to keep the 29-year old at Arsenal as he can still give a lot to the team.
Linked with a possible move to the Serie A with Juventus, Arshavin is having a very disappointing season but the Arsenal boss does not want to sell a player who can turn games around at any moment as Arshavin is – according to Wenger – one of the top passers of the team.
On Friday, Wenger said:
No I don’t rule [a new signing] out. If we can get a defender on loan until the end of the season, it is an ideal solution for us. It would not get us into a position where we have to pay five defenders for four years and it would cover the season.
If we find that opportunity we will do it. We believe in the quality of the defenders we have, but we are a bit short in numbers. We’ve looked and we’ve not found any reasonable solutions. We’re in a situation where we’re happy with the performances of Squillaci, Djourou, Koscielny and we believe in the quality of Vermaelen.
If we buy another one, first, we have to buy him for four years and then we have to pay him for four years. We will have five centre backs. People say always: ‘you must buy, buy, buy.’ But you must pay them as well. You want to sign a player for four years, all the others are on long contracts and then suddenly you have five and then Song is six.
There is no question I want to keep [Arshavin] at the Club. I like him and I think he is a special player. He is going through a period which is a bit more difficult for him.
But if you want to be successful you need players in your squad who can turn games around and he has played many games since the start of the season and is one of the top passers.
I want to keep him until the end of his contract. Do we extend it after that? He will be 32 at the end of that – we will see that in a year.