With the transfer window shut until January 2015, Premier League side Arsenal are still scrambling to bring new players in.
According to reports from the Daily Mail, the Gunners are eyeing plenty of free agents, with three names in particular mentioned.
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Former Arsenal, Chelsea and Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra is the top target on the list as he is currently free to leave Russian Premier League side Lokomotiv Moscow after a contract dispute. In defense Arsenal are also looking at Joseph Yobo and Diego Lugano to provide cover, as both veterans played in the Premier League for Norwich and West Bromwich Albion last season.
Arsene Wenger brought in Matheiu Debuchy, Calum Chambers, Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck and David Ospina over the summer, but with Debuchy suffering a serious knee injury last weekend against Manchester City, plus injuries to Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny early in the campaign, the Gunners are looking threadbare at the back.
They can probably get by with Chambers at right back, then Mertesacker, Koscielny in the center with Kieran Gibbs on the left. However, the one area where they continue to struggle is in the holding midfield role. In their midweek defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League, Arsenal were overrun in the engine room and someone like Diarra playing in the “Claude Makelele” role is exactly what they need. The balance of the midfield just doesn’t seem right, but Diarra’s addition would give the likes of Jack Wilshere and Aarom Ramsey the chance to maraud forward at every opportunity.
Yobo and Lugano are both international players with vast experience and have captained their nations and played at World Cups. They have bags of experience and at this stage of their career they could provide an interesting back up choice in and are certainly a cheaper option to help shore up Wenger’s defense.
Let’s see how this all plays out, but Arsenal definitely need some reinforcements as Wenger’s inability to bring in more defensive cover over the summer has come back to bite him just a month into the season.