Clement Begins the Rebuild of Arsenal's Defence
Arsenal's defence has come under much scrutiny in the past 5 years, with many wanting to see more world class players being brought into the defence who are tough to play against. Clement has already told the press that one of his first jobs will be trying to strengthen the defence as much as possible, however, there was a suggestion it would not be the finished product in only the first season.
News has reached Sky Sports that Clement has already brought 2 defenders into the Arsenal set up. Reaction amongst Arsenal fans is tremendous, as it says Clement is a manager who will get his business done, something which Wenger was often criticised for.
The first player that Clement has brought into the squad is Adriano from Barcelona for £13 million. He has also let Monreal, a player brought in by Wenger who failed to impress, go to Monaco for £7.5 million.'Adriano is not the youngest of players, but he is extremely talented, and still has a good 5 years in front of him' stated Clement. 'He is a hard working, and technically brilliant player, and fits into this squad perfectly'. 'A left back was needed as Gibbs is an extremely talented player, but one I see for the future, and for Arsenal to rise quickly a new left back was needed.'
The second player to enter Arsenal's refurbished defence is Leonardo Bonucci, brought in from Juventus for £23 million. Clement told Sky Sports 'He is currently one of the most talented centre backs in the world. He gives us a greater presence in defence, and teams will not like the new association of toughness when facing Arsenal. Not only is he a 'beast' he is also extremely tactically aware, playing in defences of 3, 4, and 5. He is technically outstanding, as is the case with most Italian defenders. This signing is exciting'
Clement has revealed that he felt it was important to bring defenders in who are used to playing for the best clubs in the world, something he felt was missing entirely from Arsenal's defence. He felt this would bring more faith to the defence, with better performances being produced.