Gunners line up move for Anderlecht's £8m Biglia
Published 08/01/2013 | 05:00
ARSENAL are monitoring Anderlecht's Argentina international Lucas Biglia, as a potential new signing for them in midfield where they lack an established defensive player since the departure of Alex Song in the summer.
Biglia, who has two years left on his contract after this season, was considered as an option in the summer and is valued at around £8m by the Belgian champions. The holding midfield position is one of a number of areas the club want to strengthen if possible this window, with a striker, a full-back and a central defender all sought.
Arsene Wenger said again after the 2-2 draw in the FA Cup third round with Swansea City that he hoped to sign "one or two" players this month, although as ever there are no guarantees. If the Arsenal manager is not comfortable with the quality of players on offer, he will sign no one.
Biglia has played in the Champions League this season with Anderlecht, who finished last in Group C and are now out of European competition. It would mean that the 26-year-old could potentially be nominated as a new player for a side in the last 16 of this season's Champions League squad under UEFA regulations.
With Marouane Chamakh and Johan Djourou gone out on loan, Wenger has taken some load off the wage bill. Sebastien Squillaci and Andrey Arshavin are also expected to leave.
Jack Wilshere admitted ending the trophy drought has become a preoccupation for the club.
"We all want a trophy," he said. "As players when you finish a career, you look back and see how many trophies you won, so we all want them and we know how much the fans do. We're all hungry for it and maybe if we get a trophy this year it can open the way for a few more." (© Independent News Service)