With Per Mertesacker turning 32 in September and Gabriel Paulista not looking like the type of centre back that will help Arsenal win the Premier league not to talk of the Champions league, Arsenal are unsurprisingly been linked to the signing of various centre backs.
High profile centre backs linked to a move to the Emirates stadium this summer includes PSG’s Marquinhos, AS Roma’s duo of Kostas Manolas and Antonio Rüdiger, Juventus’ Daniele Rugani and Dortmund’s Mats Hummels. From all indication, Wenger seems this summer as an opportunity for him to finally buy Arsenal the sort of players that are capable of winning the title for the Gunners.
And in a news that will delight Wenger, world cup winner Mats Hummels has confirmed he could leave Dortmund this summer. According to Bild, the 46 times capped Germany international reportedly said; ‘I don’t necessarily want to [leave], but I have to make a big decision. I have been back and forth a lot,’
‘Age gives you a feeling that you don’t have forever to win. I realise in every year I don’t win a title, I’m closer to retiring.”
This means Arsenal truly have a good chance of signing the Dortmund captain if Wenger is keen enough on signing him. Although Manchester United are also interested in the player, Arsenal by the virtue of their position on the Premier league table which will guarantee champions league qualification for next season have a better chance of signing Hummels ahead of the Red devils.
Imagine a centre back partnership of Laurent Koscienly and Mats Hummels? That will be truly solid.