Those who believe that Arsenal need to bring more experience to their defence in the winter window may be frustrated to hear that broadsheet reports reckon Arsene Wenger wants to spend 40% of his mooted January budget on a 21 year old.
The Telegraph reports that Arsenal will make a bid for promising starlet Tyrone Mings next month:
Arsène Wenger ready to dip into £20 million January transfer window kitty to secure signature of promising 21-year-old Portman Road defender
Arsenal are ready to make an £8 million January bid for the Ipswich Town defender Tyrone Mings.
Mings has risen to prominence this season, his third at the club, with some rock solid performances at left back for the Championship side.
At 6ft 3in you might well imagine that his future lies at centre back. But he’s also quick and really comfortable in possession. He’s played a dozen times for Ipswich this season and apparently Wenger has seen enough to act.
Of course, the signing of Mings doesn’t necessarily mean that Arsenal won’t go for another defender. But with a serious lack of numbers in midfield and a reported £20m budget, Wenger might have to look in the bargain basement for a more experienced stopper to supplement his squad. We think that Villa’s Ron Vlaar would be an excellent quick fix. At just 29 he could actually have a few years at the club.
As for Mings, the brilliant start to life at Arsenal for Calum Chambers may have persuaded Wenger that if you are good enough you are old enough. Furthermore, this signing would represent a long term investment – and a very good one at that. We like the lad a lot.
Arsenal fans: Youth or experience in January?