Arsene Wenger is set to press ahead with his currently transfer policy and land FC Copenhagen centre-back Mathias Jorgensen in a £5m deal. The move will end speculation that Wenger has been eyeing up a big-money move for either Blackburn’s Christopher Samba or Bolton’s Gary Cahill.
Jorgensen has become a stalwart of Copenhagen’s team, during a successful spell for the club. The Danish giants won their third league in succession this year by a staggering 26 points from second-placed Odense, conceding only 29 goals in 33 games.
The 6ft 3in defender has been earning praise across Europe for his powerful, reliable displays. If the deal is completed, Gunners fans can expect Jorgensen to partner Belgian Thomas Vermaelan who recently returned from a lengthy injury. This would give Arsenal a solid platform in front of Wojciech Szczesny.
Rumour has been rife that Wenger was set to depart from his philosophy of purchasing lesser known players on the cheap, and splashing the cash to buy a reliable centre-back with Premiership experience. It seems this was all just talk, as Jorgensen is someone who Wenger has apparently been watching for a while.
Wenger mentioned this week that Vermaelen may be deployed as a left-back if and when it is required of him, so this would seem to put Jorgensen in the driving seat to become the club’s most important defender. At aged 21, this would put a lot of pressure on him, but if the early part of his career is anything to go by, Jorgensen will rise above and beyond that challenge with ease.