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Arsenal Set Sights On £9m Ideal Defensive Solution: Wenger Ready to Reignite Interest In Mexes

Wenger may pounce to bring French international to the Emirates.

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Arsenal are hoping to lure experienced French international Philippe Mexes to the Emirates after failing to land a myriad of defensive targets to help beef up their threadbare defence. After losing the services of experienced trio William Gallas, Mikel Silvestre and Sol Campbell, Arsene Wenger has been searching for another centre back and has been linked with a move for the 28 year old Roma man.

The Gunners boss has been linked with the highly rated defender before but is considering a move for the former Auxerre man before the transfer window closes. Mexes started just 16 Serie A matches last term and whilst Claudio Ranieri may well see the solid Toulouse born man as part of his long term plans he has been strongly linked with a move away from the Stadio Olimpico, most recently a supposed target of Zenit St Petersburg.

Ranieri dropped Mexes for portions of last term’s Serie title chase and his current deal is reported to come to an end next summer leaving many to believe he could be looking for a new challenge and some sources have suggested that he is hoping for a move to either Spain or England after spending the last six years in the Italian capital.

Mexes may also believe that a fresh challenge could help improve his chances of rejuvenating his international career. Although called up in Laurent Blanc’s first French squad, due mainly to the suspension of all those who were in the 2010 World Cup squad, the Roma man has only managed 13 caps since his international debut back in 2002.

Arsene Wenger is known to be a big admirer and could feel that this summer could be the right time to make a significant bid to bring Mexes to the north London club.

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