After our defensive shenanigans against Sp*rs – it should come as absolutely no surprise that the press has (increasingly) started to link Arsenal with defenders. In honesty – it’s a really easy link to make – no matter who you think is responsible for our errors at the back. So new links will appear with players on a regular basis – but is there any truth in the rumours?
Yesterday Mark Brus looked at the rumours linking Arsenal with a summer move for Swansea star Ashley Williams - and today Arsenal have been linked with a move for (long term linkee) Real Madrid centre half Raul Albiol who has fallen out of favour at the Bernabeu due to rapid rise of Raphael Varane and the form of Pepe and Sergio Ramos.
In truth – there is nothing in the report that suggests to me that there is any weight in this story. Arsenal clearly need some surgery at the back – and we will without question need defensive reinforcements in the summer. But it’s far too early to tell if this link with Albiol is anything other than coincidence or paper gossip (out of favour at Real Madrid + Arsenal needing defenders = we are apparently interested). It’s also worth remembering that his wages wont be cheap and we have had a chance to move for him before (whilst he was at Valencia) but didn’t.
I’m not saying definitely no (as he would fit in with the Spanish contingent at the club) but I’d need to see a report with some actual facts relating to our interest before I start looking at it as a real possibility. Until then I’m just going to presume that this is one of a vast number of defender links that we will inevitably be writing about over the coming months.