Reports have been emanating in the media that Manchester United defender, Chris Smalling is wanted by Arsenal to bolster our ranks. The 28-year-old England international is looking nervously over his shoulder after the arrival of highly rated defender, Victor Lindelof.
The 22-year-old centre-back is expected to form a long-term partnership with Ivorian, Eric Bailly, leaving the future of Smalling in the balance. Arsenal will benefit from if this deal come about, but it would be interesting to see whether Jose Mourinho is ready to do his old rival, Arsene Wenger one favour. The former Fulham defender is not highly rated by The Portuguese tactician, and with a World Cup approaching next summer, Smalling could be set to leave and try out a new challenge.
Arsenal recently offered Wenger a new 2-year deal at the end of last season, and there is a growing expectation that the club wants to go all out for the Premier League title next season. Few defenders, in the league right now, know what it feels to be a league winner than Smalling, who has won 2 titles with Manchester United in his time at Old Trafford, playing an active role in both triumphs.
Smalling played his best football under Loius van Gaal at United. He is a player who thrives in the confidence of his manager. Mourinho once criticised Smalling last season for his lack of interest to sacrifice for the team, and it is believed the relationship between the pair is at a rock bottom.
Wenger tried the 3-4-3 formation to a high level of success last term, and Smalling is perfect for the formation. He will slot in alongside Koscielny and Mustafi, meaning that the Arsenal back line can boast of three centre-backs of high repute. Smalling, when given confidence by his manager, can be elevated to one of the best defenders in the country, and Wenger is known to always stand by his players no matter what. Smalling needs to play and when playing regularly, is a sure pick for the England squad, and will want nothing more than to prove United and Mourinho wrong. That motivation could help Arsenal’s quest for domination next season.