As per a report from the Telegraph, Arsenal have a trio of defensive targets lined up this month, on the back of the news regarding the seriousness of Calum Chambers’ injury.
Mikel Arteta’s Gunners brought an end to their dismal run of just 1 win in 15 across all competitions in impressive fashion last night.
A meeting with Manchester United at the Emirates eventually saw the hosts run out deserved 2-0 winners, courtesy of goals from Nicolas Pepe and Sokratis Papastathopoulos.
Less than 24 hours later, though, the mood around the Arsenal dressing room was soured considerably, following an update on the well-being of Calum Chambers.
Versatile stopper Chambers was forced off during his side’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea last weekend, with fears having quickly spread that he had suffered a serious knee injury.
And, in a major blow, this much was subsequently confirmed earlier this afternoon.
An update across Arsenal’s social media platforms revealed that Chambers has ruptured his ACL, and is set for 6 to 9 months on the sidelines.
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Arsenal eyeing defensive reinforcements
As per the aforementioned report from the Telegraph, though, despite the impressive respective displays of David Luiz and Sokratis versus Manchester United last night, Mikel Arteta and co. are nevertheless eyeing defensive reinforcements on the back of Chambers’ injury.
In fact, the north Londoners are already said to have drawn up a 3-man shortlist.
On this list are Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake, RB Leipzig standout Dayot Upamecano and Juventus’ Daniele Rugani.
Of these 3 stoppers, Rugani is probably the most realistic target this month, with the Italian international struggling behind a plethora of central-defensive talent at the Allianz Stadium.
When drawn on the club’s plans for the winter transfer window earlier today, Arsenal boss Arteta explained:
‘That we will try to be in the market to see options that can strengthen the team, that’s for sure and that’s our obligation. We are going to be working on that.’
On whether Calum Chambers’ serious injury has forced the club to alter their standpoint, the Spaniard continued:
‘My obligation is to give my opinion on the things we can improve. We have some bad injuries with Calum a few days ago, which is obviously going to change our plans at the back. But the reality at the moment is that we are not going to be able to do much.’