It has not taken Arsenal manager Unai Emery long to realise that his side’s defensive frailties are as grave now as the club were last season in spite of the acquisition of David Luiz.
That’s why, a British newspaper the Daily Star claims, the Gunners head coach is keen to open his cheque book once more in the January transfer market.
The outlet says that the Spaniard will make another attempt to tempt Daniele Rugani from Serie A side Juventus.
Apparently Arsenal made enquiries as to the availability of the 25-year centre-half last month, but baulked at Bianconeri’s £27m asking price as they wanted to take the player on loan.
But the Star believes that Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri is desperate to offload Daniele to lighten his wage bill and that proves January deal is possible.
In other news, another defender being connected to the Emirates is Paris Saint-Germain’s Thomas Meunier with the Daily Mail claiming that the 27-year-old star has “refused to rule out” a January transfer amid ongoing interest from Arsenal and Manchester United.
The Belgian full-back’s contract expires next summer and it is expected he will leave the Paris-based heavyweights with “talks gathering pace on a cut-price January departure”.
Asked about his long-term future by the French-speaking broadcaster RTBF, Thomas replied: “The situation is a little more complicated because I am no longer the preferred choice in my position, but I remain professional… and we will see what happens during the season.”