Arsenal must reject talk of a move for Manchester City's Wayne Bridge

The former Chelsea left-back is not the solution to Arsenal's full-back woes.

Arsenal need a left-back, Manchester City have stated Wayne Bridge will be available in January, and hey presto the rumours have started.

But Arsenal should set their sights higher, as Bridge could be more of a hinderance than a solution.

West Ham United fans will identify with that, the full-back went on loan to Upton Park last January in an ill-fated spell which culminated in relegation.

Since then he has not featured for Manchester City. When pressed as to how Bridge spends his Saturdays, manager Roberto Mancini replied 'golf'.

For reasons of lack and form and fitness, and by appearance a lack of motivation, Arsenal should steer well clear.

After the John Terry affair, Bridge seems to have fallen out of love with the game, with an off-field relationship with a singer from The Saturdays seemingly his priority.

If he cared for his career he would have pushed for a permanent deal elsewhere in the summer.

The reason the Gunners need a left-back is down to unfortunate injuries to Kieran Gibbs and Andre Santos.

In Gibbs' case he is injury-prone and this could have been predicted, but Santos' injury in a Champions League game could not have been foreseen. He is due back towards the end of February.

Arsenal have been getting around the problem by deploying Thomas Vermaelen and Laurent Koscielny in the position, but as both are centre-halves by trade, it is far from ideal.

Wenger has stated he is after a full-back on loan, but surely Manchester City's Nedum Onuoha is a better bet than Bridge.

Perhaps Wenger should look for a utility player who can play in varying positions on a permanent deal.

So long as he doesn't bring back Mikael Silvestre.

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