Report: Arsene Wenger rejects the chance to sign former Manchester United hero

Nemanja Vidic

Former Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic has reportedly been offered to Arsenal.

According to the latest reports, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has rejected the chance to bring in former Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic in January.

The Gunners are said to be in the market for a new defender next month as a number of injuries have hindered the North Londoners’ form over the past couple of months.

Wenger’s men currently sit in sixth spot in the Premier League table, and many observers believe that they are in danger of missing out on the top four unless they sort out their defence.

Wenger, however, has a track record of avoiding transfer activity in January and according to the reports in The Sun it appears he has already rejected the chance to take Vidic on a short-term deal.

“Arsene Wenger has rejected the chance to sign Nemanja Vidic. The ex-Manchester United captain was offered to Arsenal last week to solve their defensive injury crisis. But Gunners boss Wenger will look elsewhere or stick with his current squad in January instead of pursuing the five-time Premier League winner,” the report claims.

The Serbian ace departed the Red Devils for Inter Milan on a free transfer in the summer after running down his contract at Old Trafford.

His time in Italy has so far proven to be unsuccessful, starting just nine Serie A matches and struggling to make an impact as the Italian giants languish in mid-table.

Following the arrival of Roberto Mancini, Vidic’s claims of staking a regular first-team spot have been further dented and reports suggest the club are actively looking to sell him off in January.

The 33-year-old offers strength and experience, however in spite of his obvious qualities Wenger should instead be focused on acquiring a quick centre-back as cover for star defender Laurent Koscielny.

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