Arsenal: Gunners Should Add Free Agent Lucas Neil

Benjamin RogersAnalyst ISeptember 4, 2009

BLACKBURN, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 21:  Lucas Neill of West Ham United controls the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Blackburn Rovers and West Ham United at Ewood Park on March 21, 2009 in Blackburn, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

So another Transfer Window passes and the Gunners have yet again failed to sign the players that the Arsenal fans seem to crave.

Many big names were mentioned and it seemed likely that the Gunners would make a last ditch signing before the window slammed shut.

With the money made from the sales of Adebayor and Toure, it looked like Arsenal would spend the money on a new defender, midfielder, and a striker.

However, when the clock struck five p.m., on Tuesday, Arsenal had only made one signing in Thomas Vermaelen and while he has turned out to be a very good signing by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, he was the only addition to a squad that lacks depth.

However, there is still a shining light in the name of a defender that could solve some of Arsenals problems and add strength, depth, and experience to what is a growing squad.

His name is Lucas Neil.

He wouldn't cost a dime and has a career packed full of experience in the English league, which would be a great asset to a club like Arsenal.

He was born in Sydney, Australia and is 31. He has played for many clubs in the past, such as Millwall, Blackburn, and West Ham.

He plays at centre back and can cover at right back.

His goal tally isn't much to write home about with 19 goals in 419 games, but he would be playing with the likes of Vermaelen and Gallas who would be able to score the goals from defence.

As I said, he has played in the premier league for many years and has the right mental attitude and ability to play with the Premier league's big boys.

He is strong and would never give the ball up without a fight and would show passion, similar to what a captain would bring, in every game.

The Hangeland deal never really got started and the Gunners really needed that extra defender in place, before the window shut.

With the window now shut and Lucas Neil still a free agent, is this the player that the Gunners should have added and not let slip through their fingers?