Arsenal are reportedly keen on landing Manchester United’s Chris Smalling despite reports the player is very happy in Rome and quite willing to stay there.
Arsenal’s defence is a shambles. There isn’t a person on the planet who doesn’t know this.
Enter Chris Smalling’s name. Again.
Currently on loan from Manchester United and playing alongside Henrikh Mkhitaryan at Roma, the 30-year-old has two goals and an assist from 11 Serie A games this season.
Smalling is a player who has been linked heavily with Arsenal since his days with Fulham when he was just a teen.
He was close to a move to Arsenal in 2010, when he was 21, but opted for United instead where he won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League before falling out of favour and moving away on loan this season.
It seems unlikely that Arsenal will be able to tempt him back to England with Roma currently in the Champions League places and the Gunners in disarray.
But even if they could, should they?