2. Tyrone Mings – Ipswich Town
In my opinion, Arsenal need defensive depth to be provided in this January transfer window, not necessarily a first team replacement. As such, it is my belief that young Ipswich defender Tyrone Mings would be an excellent addition. He is young, quick, and has an impressive physical stature, which is often required of a defender if he is to succeed in the Premier League. Mings has shown considerable promise in his appearances for Ipswich so far this term, having turned out at both centre-back and left-back, though the former is thought to be his preferred position – he has appeared more regular . Nevertheless, this versatility could prove useful should the Gunners find themselves in yet another inevitable injury crisis.
The only drawbacks with Mings would be his lack of Premier League experience – although this would invariably be accumulated with time – and the fact that he would reportedly cost around £10m, twice as much as a player such as Reid would be likely to cost. This would be a huge gamble seeing as the player is still relatively new to first team football in itself, let alone Premier League football, though saying that there is always an element of risk attached to signing young English players. Nevertheless, Wenger has a good record in signing young English talent, and should Mings be snapped up, it will only be because Wenger is convinced that he has what it takes to make it at this level.