Arsenal are reportedly looking to sign either Joseph Yobo or Deigo Lugano on a free transfer as reinforcements to Arsenal’s defensive crisis.
Mathieu Debuchy is potentially needing an operation after damaging ankle ligaments, which will certainly give manager Arsene Wenger problems at the back without him.
Just three senior defenders were available in Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in their UEFA Champions’ League Group D opener, with 19-year-old Hector Bellerin struggling in place at right-back for the injured Debuchy.
With clubs still able to sign free agents despite the transfer window being closed, Arsenal could look to improve their lack of defensive depth.
Calum Chambers will be ready to step in at right-back after missing the match against Dortmund through illness, Wenger has no experienced centre-back to cover for first-choice pairing Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.
With £35 million spent on Alexis Sanchez and £16 million on Danny Welbeck to bolster their attacking options, the Gunners have failed to adress their concerns at the back, with Kostas Manolas opting to join Roma, despite Arsenal making an inquiry to Olympiakos.
Wenger may now turn his sights to 34-year-old former Everton defender Joseph Yobo or Uruguay international Deigo Lugano, with both of them touted to clubs by their agents.