Arsenal are reportedly interested in the services of Manchester United defender, Chris Smalling. The Sun reports that Arsene Wenger is said to fancy the defender as one that could add defensive solidity to his team. Manchester United and Arsenal have just concluded what has been the upstanding deal of the transfer window so far, as Alexis Sanchez has finally left The Emirates to join Jose Mourinho at Manchester United with Armenian International, Henrikh Mkhitaryan moving in the opposite direction.
Smalling has been an excellent player for United this season alongside Phil Jones in the heart of defence for United, helping us concede a joint-best 16 goals as well as a division tally of 14 clean sheets from 24 matches. The England international has benefited from the injury to Eric Bailly and the slow integration of summer signing, Victor Lindelof to life in England.
The 28 year old has never quite established himself as an indispensable member of the first team at United ever since his move from Fulham back in 2010 and could be interested in a move to Arsenal, which would guarantee him football every week.
Arsenal are in need of defensive reinforcements especially in the centre back role, given that club captain, Per Mertesacker is retiring this summer to take charge of the academy. Wenger knows he needs a no-nonsense, experienced defender to add to his backline, and sees Smalling as a player that could help his Arsenal team that have shipped goals aplenty this campaign.
Whether United would be willing to allow Smalling join Arsenal after the transfer of Mkhitaryan is another matter, but if the price is right, we could be tempted. Smalling is a centre back that can also play as a right back. He is known for his committed displays, tough tackling and physicality.
He joined United in 2010 from Fulham and has since gone on to make 270 appearances for United, scoring 14 times in the process. The 6ft 4in defender has 18 months left on his current deal at United, win an option to run for a further 12 months.