Arsenal fans in the Football Transfer Tavern thought it may have been too good to be true.
Reports the club were on the verge of completing a deal for Villarreal’s Brazilian centre back Gabriel Paulista emerged this week and showed Arsene Wenger had actually managed to identify an area in which his side needed strengthening and moved to do something about it.
But latest reports suggest the man who has played such a key part in Villarreal’s rise up La Liga could see his move to the Premier League cancelled due to work permit issues whilst Wenger himself says the prospect of the deal going through is only 50:50.
Failure to land Paulista would leave Arsenal short of centre back options once again with the likes of Calum Chambers, Nacho Monreal and Mathieu Debuchy forced to cover already this season.
Wenger’s failure to replace Thomas Vermaelen in the summer has already proved costly and is an error that simply can’t be repeated this month.
With work permit issues threatening to wreck the Frenchman’s plans, we have identified five ‘last ditch’ alternatives for the Gunners to consider.
Click on Arsene Wenger to reveal 5 ‘last ditch’ Arsenal alternatives to Gabriel Paulista.
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