Ally McCoist has told Alan Brazil’s Sports Breakfast Show on TalkSPORT (Monday, 7.55am) that he is surprised that Arsenal are not considering a move for Manchester United defender Chris Smalling.
Smalling, 30, left Manchester United in the summer to join Italian giants AS Roma on a season-long loan – after falling down the pecking order under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The signing of Harry Maguire sealed his fate.
Since moving to the Stadio Olimpico, Smalling has been in stunning form. He has clocked up 14 appearances for Roma, scoring two goals and helping his side win seven times. The Englishman has been crucial in Roma keeping six clean sheets.
Discussing Smalling’s excellent form that has even seen Gareth Southgate travel to Italy to watch him keep a clean sheet on Friday night against Inter Milan, McCoist has urged Arsenal to move for the £70,000-a-week defender (Spotrac).
TBR’s view – Would Smalling be a good signing for Arsenal?
Arsenal are in disarray at centre-back. Unai Emery brought in David Luiz in the summer from Chelsea and it simply has not worked out for the Brazilian – who was dropped by Freddie Ljungberg on Monday night against West Ham.
Calum Chambers was used at centre-back and impressed, but Sokratis has been heavily criticised and Rob Holding is yet to be used rergularly. The Gunners desperately need a centre-back, and Smalling might be the answer.