Rumour mill mischief-makers have been busy trying to coax outrage from both Tottenham and Arsenal fans this morning, suggesting that the Gunners are hoping to take the Spurs centre-half on loan in January.
A sizeable pinch of salt must be sprinkled on the reports before reading, as the 9/1 offered at bwin.com that Chiriches plays a Premier League game for the Gunners this season indicates, but the Romanian would be the ideal defensive acquisition for red-clad north London club, as these reasons will attest:
He isn’t very good
When Wenger finally calls time on his Arsenal tenure, his legacy of the Invincibles, three Premier League titles and an unrelenting commitment to attacking football will live long in the memory.
But what will feature just as prominently is an unerring ability to pick a dud defender.
For every Laurent Koscielny, William Gallas and Sol Campbell there are Igors Stepanovs, Oleg Luzhny and Sebastian Squillaci-shaped blots besmirching his copybook.
Spurs’ 1-0 reverse at home to West Brom earlier this term proves Chiriches has the potential for a place on the Frenchman’s blooper reel.
The Daily Mail summed up his showing thusly:
“Chiriches conceded several (corners) in his determination to over-complicate things in tight defensive areas.” – tailor-made for Arsenal, no?
He regularly gets injured
Two sides of A4 are often required to document all of the Gunners’ stricken assets.
No manager demands more from their physios than Wenger, so he’ll be especially attracted to a player who has broke his nose, twisted his knee, suffered two separate back injuries and is currently sidelined with an undisclosed ‘knock’ in less than 18 months at White Hart Lane.
He can’t play in multiple positions
Versatility is a trait most managers crave when defender shopping.
For Arsenal, who frequently have three teams worth of players in the sick bay, this is especially important.
Wenger, however, prefers to buy rearguard marshals who can perform exclusively in one role then, when the injury-induced pandemonium strikes, merely asks them to play out of position, overlooking the terrible results that this will inevitably incur.
Nacho Monreal’s brief and error-riddled stint at centre-half is the most recent example.
Chiriches started Spurs’ 2-1 win over Everton in an unfamiliar right-back capacity.
Owing to his ineptitude in possession and positional unawareness, he didn’t look well-suited to the role, meaning he’ll fit right in amongst the Arsenal backline.