Arsenal – Championship defender Mings hunted

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Arsenal fans have had it tough since the beginning of the season, particularly in defence where injuries have hit the back line. The Daily Telegraph report Arsene Wenger will not look to bring Championship starlet Tyrone Mings to Arsenal in January.

21-year-old Tyrone Mings is well known to fans of the English second tier as one of the best defenders despite his age. Mings had a good youth career, playing his way through the Southampton youth academy before moving on to Bristol Rovers. However Mings didn’t make the grade and was released to non-league football.

The youngster played for Yate Town and then Chippenham Town attracting the interest of Ipswich Town who paid just £10,000 for his services in 2013. Last season was Mings’ breakthrough one at Portman Road, playing 16 times in the Championship behind Aaron Cresswell as back-up. However Cresswell was bought by West Ham in the summer making the 6ft 3in left-back first choice so far this campaign.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been open about the fact the club are looking for defensive reinforcements and could be set to bid £8m to prize Mings away from Ipswich. Crystal Palace bid £3m in the summer that was flatly rejected by Ipswich as they see Mings as worth nearer £10m. Will Arsenal get their man and is he ready for the Premier League despite minimal Championship experience?