Arsene Wenger stated last night that he would be looking for a left back today, yet other than the obvious – Baines, Shaw etc – very few targets have emerged.
Now the Mail has revealed that Wenger might be looking to his traditional French territory for a replacement in the guise of Valenciennes’ Gaetan Bong.
The Cameroon international Bong, who is familiar face to several of the Arsenal team having played alongside Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud in France’s Ligue 2 three years ago, is a 24 year old who previously played for FC Metz. He gets the odd goal too having scored three times in his stint with Valenciennes.
There’s no source for The Mail story, but it seems pretty plausible and Bong could be picked up cheaply.
Kieran Gibbs is apparently going to be out for three weeks with a thigh injury.
Incidentally Squawka has some interesting stats on Bong. Their conclusion is that he is just not good enouigh for the Premier League.
By Ashley | January 31st, 2013