Mikel Arteta has gone on record to say that Arsenal is looking for defensive reinforcements in the January window. Calum Chambers’ ACL injury has now made this a more pressing matter, with the Gunners down to only four first-team centre-backs. Even with a fully fit defence, it’s still an area for improvement for the Gunners.
Sky Germany is reporting that Arsenal is interested in signing Bayern Munich defender, Jerome Boateng. The 31-year-old is looking to leave Munich and would be allowed to go for as little as £12.8million. If Arsenal signs him, they’ll be recruiting one of the game’s most notorious defenders.
Here’s what Jerome Boateng brings to Arsenal.
One thing Arsenal have always been accused of not having is leaders. Often, we see the Gunners with technical and skillful players in the team, but no rugged or physically dominant players around them.
Jerome Boateng would help Arsenal negate that trend and steer them in the right direction. As we’ve seen with the emergence of David Luiz in recent weeks, having a strong mentality can push you over the edge. You can have all the talent in the world, but if you don’t have that mentality to dig deep when times are tough, it’s irrelevant.
Mikel Arteta has instilled a mentality of belief in the squad, he just needs as many players as possible to buy into that philosophy. The addition of Jerome Boateng would help Arteta translate that message onto the pitch with several on the pitch leaders. Arsenal needs leaders and Boateng is one of the best in world football at being one.