Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is set to renew his interest in Manchester United defender, Chris Smalling.
The Gunners have been hit with a massive injury blow as right-back, Mathieu Debuchy, has been ruled out for a few months, leaving the club with just five fit defenders, and after showing initial interest in the United centre-back during the Summer, Wenger is ready to go back in for the ex-Fulham man.
Smalling, who hasn’t developed as many thought he would, is expected to be second-fiddle at Old Trafford and after selling Danny Welbeck to Arsenal, it’s believed that Louis Van Gaal wouldn’t be against letting another young Englishman join their rivals.
Throughout the Summer transfer window, United could have signed Thomas Vermaelen from The Gunners, but Wenger insisted that Smalling should be included in the deal, which Van Gaal rejected, ending in the Belgium swapping Arsenal for FC Barcelona.
It was reported that both, Smalling and Phil Jones were on Wenger’s radar, but he was told that both are unavailable at the time, however, January may be different after the Dutchman gets set to spend big yet again in the New Year.
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt – @AlexsArticles