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3 center backs Arsenal should target in January 2020

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Modified 21 Dec 2019, 01:07 IST

Freddie Ljungberg
Freddie Ljungberg's priority should be to sort out Arsenal's defense.

Arsenal's defensive problems date back to a long time, worsening every season during Arsene Wenger's final few years at the club, and despite signing a center back every summer they would continue to make the same mistakes.

When Unai Emery was appointed Arsenal's head coach, one of his first tasks was to fix the defence, and after 18 months in charge, it's fair to say he has only made things worse. During the Spaniard's reign as Arsenal head coach, the Gunners did sign Sokratis and David Luiz, two very well established center backs in Europe, but not much changed.

There is a deeper problem as to why Arsenal continues making defensive mistakes game after game and there is no guarantee that Freddie Ljungberg could fix the problem. However, maybe what Arsenal needs is a former player who has played with some of the best defenders to finally fix their defense along with signing a top-class center back next month.

Arsenal's recruitment, especially defenders, has not been great in recent times and that is the first thing that needs to change if Arsenal's defense is to improve. There is no doubt Arsenal will be after a center back in January and here are three top class center backs the Gunners should target.

#1 Daniele Rugani

Daniele Rugani is out of favor at Juventus at the moment.
Daniele Rugani is out of favor at Juventus at the moment.

Since becoming a first-team regular for Juventus in the 2015/16 season, Daniele Rugani's involvement with the first team has consistently declined. In the last four years, Rugani has just made a total of 70 appearances in Serie A for Juventus, with the Italian managing just 2 appearances in all competitions so far this season.

Rugani has been linked with a move to Arsenal and many other clubs around Europe for some time now, and given his current situation at Juventus he will be looking for a new club in January. At 24, with his best years are still ahead of him, he will be eager to prove himself to the world and he will certainly be an upgrade on Arsenal's current choices.

Now there is no guarantee that Rugani will improve the Arsenal defense immediately, but that is a gamble they will have to take given their current situation.

The Italian has great ball control and is a good passer of the ball - two very important traits Arsenal defenders currently lack at the moment. Rugani would be an excellent addition to the Arsenal backline and with the January transfer window less than a month away, Arsenal needs to act fast if they want to sign the Italian.


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