Although Arsenal can now call upon the considerable talents of Calum Chambers at the back, the need for extra experience in the squad is obvious – especially in the light of the Thomas Vermaelen departure.
We spoke yesterday about how Arsenal have been linked with Benedikt Howedes and we think that he would be a masterful signing. But we do get the sense that the Arsenal manager is happy with his first choice central defensive pairing and is looking for backup for the duo rather than a first eleven player.
Accordingly reports today suggest that the club is in talks over just such a signing. The Metro reports:
Arsenal have opened talks with Olympiakos over an £8million deal to sign their defender Kostas Manolas, according to reports.
The Gunners were strongly linked with a move for highly-rated Manolas this week, with Arsene Wenger looking for a replacement for Thomas Vermaelen.
The 23 year old has risen through the ranks at Olympiakos since joining the club 2 years ago. He’s now a prominent member of the first team and has also turned out thirteen times for the Greece national team.
Manolas represents a work in progress, but a player of great promise. He’s quick, mobile and has lovely technique.
Let’s take a look. Arsenal fans: would you rather go for a player who will improve the first eleven or stick with Mertesacker and Koscielny?