According to a report in The Daily Mail, Arsene Wenger is interested in acquiring Real Madrid's Raul Albiol. Wenger is being linked with a summer move for the versatile Spanish defender, as he tries to solidify Arsenal's leaky defence.

Albiol would be an excellent signing. Experienced and combative, the powerful 27-year-old combines strength and technique. He can play centre-back, which is where he may fit best for the Gunners.

Albiol boasts the height and tenacity to win aerial duels and is uncompromising in one-on-one situations. The ex-Valencia star can also operate at right-back, a position slightly uncertain, given Bacary Sagna's murky future.

Albiol is also adept enough in possession to play a defensive midfield role. That's another position Arsenal need to strengthen and playing a defender-first in that area could be the best way to protect their suspect back line.

Wenger attempted to sign Jan Vertonghen to do exactly that last summer. However, the Belgian ace preferred a role in central defence and opted for North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Albiol would be a robust presence behind diminutive schemers like Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla. That is if Wenger doesn't believe he needs the unused Madrid man more at the heart of his back four.

Arsenal's lack of pace and intelligent authority in defence was ruthlessly exposed in the recent North London derby.  Albiol is certainly quicker across the ground than Per Mertesacker and possesses greater positional awareness than Thomas Vermaelen.

He is currently a forgotten man for Los Blancos. Sergio Ramos and stellar French youngster Raphael Varane currently occupy the centre-back positions and that is unlikely to change.

Albiol could join the growing Spanish contingent at Arsenal, featuring Cazorla, Mike Arteta and Nacho Monreal. He's just the kind of skilled and commanding defensive presence Arsenal need if they are ever going to get back to contention.

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