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Arsenal Plan £22m Defensive Raid as Gallas and Silvestre Head for Juventus and Nowhere Respectively

Emirates pair head for the exit and new duo targeted.

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Emirates Stadium Arsenal v Olympiakos Champions League Group H 26/09/2009 Oh Spit William Gallas (Arsenal) reacts after missed chance. Photo Roger Parker Fotosports International

Italian giants Juventus have come in for Arsenal outcast William Gallas.

French defender Gallas, who turns 33 in August, has been offered a two-year contract by Juve after failing to reach agreement on a deal with Arsenal.

Gallas will be released by Arsenal after his contract expires on June 30 along with fellow Frenchman Mikael Silvestre.

Arsenal refused to break their club policy on players over 30 and give Gallas anything more than a one year contract and that has alerted Paris Sanit Germain, Roma and now Juventus who are leading the chase.

But it does leave Arsenal desperately short of defensive cover with Thomas Vermaelen and Johan Djourou as the club’s senior defenders while Sol Campbell, 35, has been offered a new one-year deal. But Campbell does have other offers, including Celtic.

They are tracking Lorient defender Laurent Koscielny but the French club’s £8m price tag has put off Arsenal.

They also have Everton’s Phil Jagielka on their hit-list while they are trying to sign midfielder Joe Cole but face competition from Spurs, Manchester City and Manchester United. (Daily Mirror)

Arsene Wenger is looking to stage a complete defensive overhaul after failing to agree a deal with William Gallas and seemingly having had enough to Mikel Silvestre the Arsenal boss is looking to bring in some new options.

Phil Jagielka would indeed be a top notch signing but Everton will fight tooth and nail to keep the former Sheffield United man and David Moyes has become accustomed to such battles for his prized assets. He won’t come cheap and has only recently come back from long term injury so could be considered something of a risk to spend too much on.

Laurent Koscienly is a player that Wenger appears to rate even though he is relatively unknown. The Emirates boss appears to have a decent wad of cash to spend in the pursuit of new additions and most fans would be happier to see established and experienced signings instead of the latest ‘new big thing’. This summer promises to be a crucial one for the north London side as they look to end a five year silverware drought.


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