Arsenal are believed to be keen to make Ipswich defender Tyrone Mings their latest young English addition to their squad in January.
Arsene Wenger confirmed the club’s interest in the player prior to the club’s 3-2 defeat against Stoke on Saturday, but refused to admit that a deal was imminent.
After seeing his side go 3-0 down by half time at the Britannia Stadium, the need to address his team’s defensive deficiencies may become more urgent for Wenger.
Mings has mostly played as a left back for Ipswich so far this season, but just like Arsenal’s summer signing Calum Chambers, he is believed to have all the attributes necessary to become a success in the centre of defence.
Central defence is Arsenal’s main cause for concern, as they failed to replace their outgoing captain Thomas Vermaelen during the summer, with the Belgian joining Barcelona. Chambers is the natural senior cover for first choice central defensive duo Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker, and given Chambers is only 19 and being converted to a centre back, it is stretching it to call him either senior or a natural centre back.
Arsenal fans will want to see a more experienced defender join the club, and will hope that Mings will be accompanied by a player with more experience in the position during January, however the squad’s sheer lack of bodies in the position means that simply seeing anyone capable of playing centre back join the club will likely be viewed as a positive.