Mar 31, 2011

Arsenal Manager Tempted By Swoop For Tottenham Defender

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White Hart Lane star could be leaving for the Emirates on a free.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is contemplating a sensational summer swoop for Tottenham Hotspur defender Jonathan Woodgate.

The 31-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and is unlikely to be offered a new deal because of his poor injury record.

But this will not put off the Gunners boss, who is looking for an experienced defender to be used as back-up in his squad.

The Frenchman believes Thomas Vermaelen, Laurent Koscielny and Johan Djourou are good enough defenders to win Arsenal the Premier League for the first time in seven years.

But injury concerns over Djourou and Vermaelen highlights the issue of only having Sebastian Squillaci as cover.

Wenger sees Woodgate as the perfect back-up. Wenger was even interested in buying the former Real Madrid player when he joined Tottenham from Middlesbrough. Arsenal were linked with a move for the centre back by Sky Sports in January and it appears there is still a great deal of interest in the former England international.

Woodgate will be offered a one-year rolling contract according to our sources and Wenger will be keeping an eye on the centre-back to see if he is worth taking a risk on.

Over the years several defenders have switched allegiances in North London. Sol Campbell left Tottenham for Arsenal in 2001, while William Gallas did the opposite last summer.



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