If Arsenal are looking to strengthen their defence this summer then Naldo of Wolfsburg could be a very good fit.
That may seem a little counter productive considering Wolfsburg are in the lower half of the Bundesliga table but there are several reasons Naldo seems like an Arsene Wenger sort of signing.
A lot of it depends on whether Wenger is going to stick by his guns with regards to the traditional transfer policy he has always used during his time in charge of the Gunners.
To break it down, Naldo’s biggest quality is his consistency. He has started every single game he has played for his club this season and he’s bagged four goals in the process.
He will also allow Arsenal to retain their height at the back because at six feet six inches tall, he can rival Per Mertesacker in terms of physical strength and presence in and around the Arsenal penalty area.
Height also enables him to dominate aerially, which is important for Arsenal against teams that will look to bully them in this regard such as Stoke City or West Ham United.
Naldo has only ever played his football in Germany, which means he could be tempted into a move away to experience a new challenge, especially considering his age, 30-years-old, which suggests he could be tempted into one final big move.
His discipline is about average with eight yellow cards this season but he’s not been shown a red card since he was playing for Werder Bremen in the 2008/2009 season which tells the Gunners he’s rarely going to be unavailable due to suspension.
He’s Brazilian and has made four appearances for the national side so far in his career. That tells Wenger that he’s a very confident and comfortable player on the ball, significant because Arsenal like to play the ball out of the defence.
There are definitely other defenders the club could go after but if they come across another player with a contract expiring in 2015, they may be forced to pay out a lot more than they would do for Naldo.
It all comes down to whether Arsenal as a club and a business, are willing to spend big money on players this summer in order to force their way back to the top of the English game.
It just doesn’t seem like something Wenger is comfortable doing and despite the fact it’s nearly a decade since the club won a trophy, he still believes that his methods and his approach is the best.
What will increase the likeliness of a move for Naldo, or a similar stature of player, is if Arsenal get into the top four by the end of the season, which will create the idea that the current situation, squad and methods are ‘good enough’.
It would be a very decent signing for the club, along the same sort of lines that they have been signing players over the last few years but whether that’s enough is debatable.
Arsenal fans, do you want the club to go after a superstar centre back?
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