Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Gunners Will Bid For Sevilla's Federico Fazio

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Arsenal are ready to bid £5 million to sign Sevilla defensive stalwart Federico Fazio. Landing the tall and powerful Argentine would be a bargain coup for the Gunners.

An article on Givemefootball.com, citing a report from Estadio Deportivo, states that Fazio is ready to quit Sevilla and Arsenal are poised to pounce.

Fazio is likely to be a casualty of the La Liga's club deep financial woes. Arsenal would certainly benefit from adding Fazio to their ranks.

He is exactly the kind of rugged and combative stopper the Gunners need in defence. Adding his height alongside Per Mertesacker would strengthen Arsenal's ability to repel aerial attacks.

That's sometimes been a problem for the Gunners against certain English Premier League teams. Wenger's squads haven't always been ideally equipped to deal with long ball tactics.

Fazio would solve that issue. At 6'5" he can challenge any striker in the air. He aggressively attacks crosses and high deliveries into the box.

However, aggressive qualities aren't Fazio's only attributes of note. A competent international for Argentina, Fazio possesses decent technique on the ball.

That's something Arsene Wenger would help improve. The Gunners' manager likes his centre-backs to begin possession with composed passing.

Fazio has experience in midfield, so he's comfortable in possession. That versatility is something else that will appeal to Wenger.

He may wish to deploy Fazio as a defensive midfielder, to shield the Arsenal defence. This extra layer of protection at the back is something Arsenal have missed for some time.

Alex Song occupied the role for a while, with only mixed success. This season Wenger has used Mikel Arteta as his deep-lying midfielder.

The Spanish veteran has sometimes struggled and Wenger has recently added Aaron Ramsey alongside him. A true anchor in the midfield, would let Arteta be more forward-thinking.

It would also mean that the likes of Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla wouldn't have to worry about what's behind them. With greater freedom of expression in attack, Arsenal would pose a more consistent scoring threat.

Signing Fazio could fix two crucial areas of need in Wenger's squad. It's clear the Arsenal boss is in the market for a more aggressive centre-back with some passing skill.

He has been linked with potential moves for Ashley Williams and Aleksandar Dragovic. He also pursued a deal for 6'5" stopper Fernando Amorebieta in January.

Fazio fits the mold of the defender Wenger is targeting. Even if the Frenchman opts to stick with Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny in central defence, Fazio would still be useful.

He would be an imposing link player between the back four and midfield. Wenger has pursued Fazio before and if he can finally land his man for only £5 million it will be one of the bargains of the summer.