Date: 10th January 2011 at 9:43am
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Arsene Wenger says he could sign a new player this transfer window after a second of his four centre backs suffered injury.

Sebastien Squillaci pulled a hamstring in the FA Cup 3rd round match against Leeds last Saturday, leaving him on the treatment table with long term absentee, Thomas Vermaelen. Johan Djourou and Laurent Koscielny are now the only two fit centre halves for the Gunners.

Arsene Wenger admitted that should Squilaci’s injury be a lengthy one, he’ll be forced into the transfer market …. and fast.

‘If we only have two centre-backs then that cannot work with the number of centre-backs we have,’ said Wenger.

‘If Squillaci has a problem then we must quickly go out for a player.’


We have been linked with a few centre backs in recent times, including Bolton’s Gary Cahill, Werder Bremen’s Per Mertesacker and two time Arsenal defender Sol Campbell.

To offer my own personal opinion, I’d be inclined to go for Blackburn’s Christopher Samba. I think he’s very solid defender at a great age with valuable Premier League experience. His recent admission that he wants to leave Blackburn would help matters along nicely too.