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[VOTE] Cahill or Subotic: Who would you go for?

Written by The Arsenal Kid.

The past days have been filled with news reports linking Arsenal with two central defenders; Gary Cahill and Neven Subotic.  Bolton’s Chairman Phil Gartside has come out and basically put Cahill in the shop window for the January transfer period seeing how his club is drowning in over GBP100 million in debt.  According to the news reports, Cahill should be available from 15 million pounds and above, but given the potential interest in him, the price would most likely go over the 20 million mark.

The other defender that we have been linked with is Neven Subotic of Borussia Dortmund. Don’t know how reliable this report is given that Borussia Dortmund are leading the Bundesliga and they are in no hurry to sell any of their stars. Apparently Manchester United are leading the pack for the Serbian’s signature considering they have the other half of the Serbian national team’s central defence in Nemanja Vidic but Arsene is keen on this guy.

I know we have been linked to both of these players before but these rumors come at an interesting time when the transfer window is 6 weeks away and our defensive failings are nowhere near solved. The defensive situation was looking better when Arsene signed two centerbacks in the summer but Koscielny is still about a season away from being a great defender while Squillaci is a couple of seasons past his best. No doubt they can perform on occasions such as the game against Sunderland but their inconsistencies are costing us points.

We have the Verminator but who knows how long he would be out leaving us with Djourou as the only other centerback. Having seen Djourou for the past few games, I don’t think this guy will cut it in an Arsenal team for long. Again, I don’t know what Arsene sees in the Swiss but he is definitely not fit to be in an Arsenal shirt.

So it leads us to the question if Arsene would go out and sign another centerback this January, chances are he will not as he has never signed 3 players in the same position for any given year.

However, should he decide to, which one do you think he should be going for? I am a big fan of Gary Cahill so my answer is obvious. I wonder if anyone else feels differently…..

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  1. scottpuffin

    November 15, 2010 at 9:38 am

    I thought Djourou looked dreadful in the first few games he played this season, but he’s really started to hit form over the last few games with a run in the team.
    As for Squallaci being past his best. I totally disagree on that one. He’s a quality player, and he’s only 30.

  2. John

    November 15, 2010 at 10:19 am

    What absolute crap. Squillaci has been brilliant so far, and Djourou has got better with each game – it would take him a while considering he has missed 15 months of football through injury. And Koscielny has done alright…just needs to beef up.
    Stop writing crap to get hits.

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  4. Justsus

    November 15, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Totally agree with you John. Djourou had a brilliant game yesterday and Our Corsican did well apart from nearly getting sent off. For our reserve centre-back pairing we will get no better by spending 20 million on someone who does not get into the England team much

  5. trugooner21

    November 15, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    It baffles me that people dont like Djourou. I mean he isn’t the world class defender that some feel is a necessity but looking at the run of games that he has played in, We have not taken many goals since. Koscielny is the weak link, not Djourou. I may be mistaken but i’m pretty sure we didn’t have a single clean sheet until he stepped in. I’ve watched him make some great tackles and his height is well needed for set plays. Djourou and Squillaci have played well when paired together.

  6. arsnl21

    November 16, 2010 at 3:22 am

    Djorou’s growing with the games on hand.. He needs time to adapt back after being out for so long.. With Verms out for an unknown period, we do need a backup.. I’d go for Subotic.. speaks english fluently and looks to be better compared to his peers in the bundesliga which we’ve so-called been linked with i.e. Mertesacker n Tasci.. Don’t think we can get him as Dortmund is flying at the moment

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