Why Wenger is wrong to target Talisca, even if Podolski is sold

Arsene Wenger would be wise to fix the defensive holes in his unbalanced Arsenal squad.

There are times Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is a parody of himself.

If the Frenchman signs Brazil attacker Talisca, capable of playing as a forward-thinking midfielder or as a striker, before he acquires a defensive-minded midfielder or cover across the back-line, then the January transfer window could be one of those times.

According to the Daily Star, Arsenal are gunning for £17 million rated Talisca, of Benfica, to replace Lukas Podolski who is reportedly unhappy at his bit-part status at the Emirates Stadium.

Considering Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere, Santiago Cazorla, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck, Yaya Sanogo and Olivier Giroud who can all play in the positions Podolski could, Arsenal are obviously well-blessed for options in the final third.

Where they have trouble, though, is in defence and a play capable of protecting that defence in midfield.

Mikel Arteta is too lightweight a player to hold the midfield, while Wenger has just five recognised senior-level defenders in his roster.

Considering the club consistently play four at the back, Arsene has allowed a situation to materialise where he has a completely unbalanced squad.

Correcting this must be his priority in January, rather than looking at wasting £17 million on Talisca - a figure that could comfortably go toward the financing of deals for players like Sami Khedira or William Carvalho in midfield, or Mats Hummels or Virgil van Dijk in defence.

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