Media reports coming out from Germany over the last 24 hours have linked Arsenal with Stuttgartâ€™s central defender Serdar Tasci. Kole Toure and William Gallasâ€™ futures appear to be uncertain at the North London club, the former being linked with a move to Manchester City and the latter to PSG, meaning that if rumours are true the Gunners could begin next season with a new central defensive partnership.
Arsenal defensive frailties are well known and have long been their achilles heel. Will Serdar Tasci help eliminate this defensive weakness?
At 6ft 1inch he is not huge, but on the plus side Tasci towers a full two inches over Arsenalâ€™s most recent signing Thomas Vermaelen. Yet, despite his slight height-shortage Tasci is known for being strong in the air, possessing immense physical strength as well as having good positional awareness. Surprisingly for a Wenger signing, arguably Tasci’s biggest weakness is his technical ability.
The 23-year-old is highly rated in Germany and has consistently proved himself in the Bundersliga since making his debut for Stuttgart in 2006. Since then he has become a linchpin of the team having made 74 appearances scoring 4 goals to-date.
Tasci did suffer a minor right knee injury last season but there have been no ill side-effects since (touch wood), as Tasci managed to return to the Die Roten first team to resume his excellent form that saw Stuttgart finish third and gain a Champions League berth.
Tasciâ€™s parents are Turkish and as with many of the new breed of Budersliga players he was torn between representing his parentsâ€™ homeland or his county of birth. Showing his ambiiton Tasci opted to play for the Germans and his decision have so far proved wise having made eight appearances for the national team already in his young career.
With one year left on his contract Stuttgart will probably cash-in this transfer window on Tasci with rumours suggesting that 10 million Euros would be enough to sign the upstart – potentially a bargain for a player of his undoubted ability. Seasoned observers of the German league talk up Tasci as a star in the making.
With Mario Gomez having gone to Bayern, Tasci has publicly questioned where his future lies. Juventus and AC Milan have also been said to be sniffing around the player so Wenger will have to act quickly if he is to win the playerâ€™s signature.
Unfortunately finding great footage to bring you proved taxing. That said, video evidence of Serdar Tasci’s two goals last season can be seen here (against Gyor in the Uefa Cup – 1st goal on the video) and here (a last minute winner against Bochum).