Arsenal linked Lichtsteiner is not the answer to their defensive woes

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Stephan Lichtsteiner is a player Arsenal simply do not need.

This week has seen Arsenal's interest in the services of Juventus full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner reportedly heighten. The Swiss international is certainly one of the best right-backs around and is available on a free transfer next summer. So it would seem a great deal for any team. Well, any team, except Arsenal that is.

They clearly need to strengthen their defensive ranks. But Arsenal are blessed in the full-back position.

Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal are more than capable left-back options. Then there is the right back issue. Calum Chambers and Hector Bellerin are two very talented young Arsenal players for the future. Meanwhile they splashed out on the currently injured Mathieu Debuchy in the summer. Add to that the loaned out Carl Jenkinson, who is in good form at West Ham United, and the idea of ANOTHER right back arriving at Arsenal sounds simply absurd.

The real problem is at the heart of Arsenal's defence. They sold Thomas Vermaelen this summer and rightly so. His form and injury record were serious issues Arsene Wenger was right to eradicate. But they did not replace him.

Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny are now the only recognised centre back pairing at the club. Mertesacker is not getting any younger while Koscielny has now been diagnosed with Achilles tendinitis. As much as Arsenal like to think they know, that is an injury in which a comeback is never complete - Koscielny will likely play through the pain for the majority of his career.

Chambers can play at centre-back but Arsenal need a world-class centre half to take them back to challenging for the Premier League and Champions League.

Lichtsteiner is a fantastic player, and on a free transfer certainly an option most top clubs will explore.

But you cannot help but think that Arsenal have got their priorities mixed up.

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