Arsenal have reportedly opened preliminary talks with Birmingham City over a move for central defender Scott Dann. Despite Birmingham being relegated to the Championship last season, Dann and Roger Johnson won plenty of admirers for the impressive defensive partnership they struck up. Earlier this summer, Johnson secured a transfer to Premier League side Wolves, while Dann has also been widely expected to exit St Andrews for the top flight before the transfer window shuts. Liverpool have been linked with a mood for Merseyside-born player, while Stoke had a joint bid for Dann and Cameron Jerome rejected by the Blues. Now it appears Arsenal are leading the chase for the £8million-rated defender.
Just about everyone who has seen Arsenal play recently would agree that Arsene Wenger needs to strengthen his defence. Even if you forget about the quality and just play a numbers game, you’d have to say Arsenal need defenders. This summer the Gunners have been linked with a host of players including German international Per Mertesacker, Blackburn’s Christopher Samba, and England pair Phil Jagielka and Gary Cahill. Underwhelmed by the arrivals of youngsters Carl Jenkinson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain this summer, Arsenal fans would be happy if just one of these big-named players were signed. Particularly as Thomas Vermaelen has suffered yet another injury.
Come on Arsene, just pay whatever is necessary to strengthen your defence already! It is pretty simple: if Arsenal can stop shipping ridiculous, avoidable goals, you’ll see their title odds fall more in line with the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea.