It seems that the result against Bayern Munich came as an unexpected and unpleasant surprise for Wenger who decided it is now time to bring in some real stars players but also keep on going with their long term plan of bringing in the world’s best youngsters. It is pretty obvious that this season the defensive line had a really tough time dealing with injuries. There were few occasions in which the players, who are considered the best choices for the starting line-up, actually played together and that has showed on the pitch.
Because of the lack of consistency Arsenal are in 5th place in the Premier League and Wenger is looking into some promising defenders. The first defender linked to the Gunners comes from Zambia. Stoppila Sunzu is a 23 year old international who stood out in this year’s Africa Cup of Nations. He is currently playing for TP Mazembe.
Sunzu made it onto Arsenal’s radar after missing out on possible transfers to Sunderland and then Reading. It appears that the two teams either thought the Zambian International was not worth £4 million or did not want to deal with the contract issues the player is involved in.
These issues are very real though as Stoppila has just lost a legal dispute with his team that proves he is still under contract until 2015. Before this happened, he thought he was free to sign with whomever he desired without needing the club’s consent.
The 6’3’’ defender looks like a great fit for English football and would have been a great bargain if he came free of contract to play in the Premier League. The reason for him missing out on what would have been the career change of a life time was his conflict with his current team, but apparently Arsenal are willing to pay Sunzu’s club in order to get his signature.
Some say that Stoppila Sunzu is unproven at the highest level although he faced some excellent players while performing for his national team in the Africa Cup of Nations. It is hard to predict if he can make it in the Premier League but we may find out soon enough if he does come to North London.