Now that Mats Hummels has been made captain of Borussia Dortmund, it looks like we'll have to look further afield for a Thomas Vermaelen replacement.
We could do worse than make a move for Benedikt Howedes. We are already being linked by The Telegraph with the centre back cum left back, who performed so consistently for Germany in the World Cup.
Apparently, there are question marks about the Shalke 04 man's pace, but I don't think anybody questions his positional sense. A very solid defender, in my opinion, and still only 26.
The other player we're being linked with is Luiz Gustavo. However, after the way Brazil defended in the World Cup, I don't think I'd want to bolster my defence by adding a member of their back line. Additionally, we've not had much luck with Brazilians since Gilberto and (in some people's opinion although not mine) Edu. I can't see Wenger gambling on bringing in a Brazilian, unless it's an attacking position. However, apparently Wenger tried to sign him last year and he is versatile.
Inexplicably, we're also still being linked with William Carvalho. Given that Wenger is really looking for a new Vermaelen, I'm not sure where the Sporting Lisbon midfielder fits in. Still, facts should never get in the way of lazy journalism, right?
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