Emirates club want versatility and experience from Old Trafford veteran.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is planning an audacious £7million raid on Manchester United for defender John O’Shea.
The Gunners are desperate to solve their defensive problems and will need cover once Gael Clichy is sold to Manchester City in a £7million deal.
Bolton Wanderers centre-back Gary Cahill is still Wenger’s main target but the Frenchman likes O’Shea’s versatility and his experience could help a young team.
The 30-year-old was told by Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson he can leave Old Trafford after 12-years of service.
The Republic of Ireland international snubbed interest in Sunderland as he wants to continue playing at the highest level, according to the Daily Mirror.
Ferguson had hoped to use O’Shea as a makeweight in a deal that would see Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri move in the opposite direction.
But City’s interest in the French playmaker has meant Arsenal will only be looking for cash if they do decide to part with Nasri.
Wenger was interested in bringing Blackburn captain Christopher Samba to the Emirates but the Lancashire club are demanding £15million for their talisman.
The Gunners boss is only willing to pay £8million so is looking at other options, with O’Shea top of the pile.