With an ageing Per Mertesacker and an inconsistent Gabriel as options to team up with Laurent Koscielny in the centre of his defence, it isn’t entirely surprising to see Arsenal linked with centre-backs.
As good as the BFG has been, the French manager will need to plan for the future, and there are many who doubt aforementioned Brazilian is the man to succeed him.
This is why the Italian press are seemingly trying to push Arsenal into buying Jeison Murillo from Inter Milan at this moment in time.
The Colombian defender is, according to Tuttosport, waiting to see if Arsenal’s (apparent) interest in him will turn into a concrete offer before making a decision on his future.
Inter Milan would ideally see him used as part of a deal to bring Zenit Saint-Petersburg’s Ezequiel Garay to the club, but that would need a lot of convincing from those in charge at the Italian club, with Murillo probably not thrilled at the idea of moving to Russia.
We’re not convinced this interest is real, and it seems Arsenal’s (and Bayern Munich’s, as they are also included in this) names are just there to make the player seem more wanted than he actually is.
Perhaps we’ll be proved wrong, but considering the names of clubs reportedly interested in Murillo seem to change on a weekly basis (it was Chelsea last week), we’ve got a feeling we won’t be.