We all know that Arsene Wenger is on the look out for another centre back having identified that defending the high balls through the middle has been a weakness that showed its ugly head this season.
A number of names are doing the rounds and the latest to appear today is Richard Dunne of Manchester City.
According to the News of the World, Dunne is in a similar position as Hleb.
Under FIFA rules he is allowed to buy out the remaining of his contract.
As a result Dunne’s price is reported to be only £1m.
Arsene Wenger did state recently in anger at Inter Milan’s efforts to sign Hleb that :
“You should not forget what clubs do to us we can do to them as well”
However I don’t really see this transfer possibility as having a lot of substance.
For a start Dunne does not possess that much pace. He is brave and he can defend the high balls but he will fall short of other attributes like technique, agility and ball distribution that are required to be a very good defender of the standard that Arsenal will need.
Arsene Wenger is a man of principles and after having accused Inter Milan of having no values he will look really stupid if he did the same to another club.
Yet in a way he has taken advantage of little windows in FIFA rules that allowed him to sign players on the cheap.
Cesc Fabregas is one so is Fran Merida and surprise surprise Mathieu Flamini was another!
Better in my opinion to go for Micah Richards.