Arsenal Look to Re-Shape Defence With Likely Bids for £30m Rated Everton Pair

Arsene Wenger wants to bring Goodison Park duo to the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal have revived their interest in Everton central-defender Phil Jagielka.
Gunners manager Arsene Wenger is a huge admirer of the England international and failed in his attempts to sign him last summer.
But the Frenchman is preparing another move to land the 28-year-old after the Gunners contacted the Goodison Park club about his availability.

An Everton source told Sportsmail: ‘We have had major interest in Jagielka ahead of the next transfer window.
But the Gunners are primed to test David Moyes’ resolve to keep Jagielka again.
However, Arsene Wenger – who is also keen on Jagielka’s team-mate Leighton Baines – will have to improve on last year’s offers to lure the defender away from Merseyside.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

Arsene Wenger does appear to be looking to freshen up his back line, at least that is the impression one gets when one reads the countless defenders linked with moves to the Emirates Stadium. The Arsenal boss has attempted to land Phil Jagielka last summer but a bid of £15m reportedly failed to seal the deal and interest in Leighton Baines would appear to relate to the possible departure of Gael Clichy.

The French left back is yet to agree a new deal and will have only a year left on his current deal this summer and Arsenal will not want to lose the former Cannes man for nothing so may elect to sell the 25 year old, not least because they have a very good replacement in Kieran Gibbs.

Wenger brought in Sebastien Squillaci and Laurent Koscielny to beef up his defence last summer but neither have inspired much in the way of confidence and with the loss to injury of Thomas Vermaelen for almost the entire season, the North London side has struggled at the back, especially from set pieces and haven’t been helped by some sub standard keeping from the likes of Manuel Almunia, who was wisely relieved of first team duties early in the season only to be called upon when injuries left Arsenal with few other options.

After six seasons without silverware the Arsenal supporters will be looking to the Gunners spending this summer to help resolve problem areas. Wenger may also elect to get rid of some deadwood.

Messrs Jagielka and Baines may be tempted by a move to a club that can offer them Champions League football but David Moyes will surely look to turn down offers for either of his first team regulars.

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