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Arsenal Chase Ligue 1 Defensive Star

Arsene Wenger has gained a reputation for his ability to pick up gems from the French leagues… 

Arsenal are readying themselves to make a move for Lyon defender Samuel Umtiti in the summer, reports the Daily Express.

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The North London club are still on the lookout for a new defender despite signing Gabriel Paulista in the January transfer window.

The recent form of Per Mertesacker has also sent some alarm bells ringing at the Emirates, meaning that a new centre-back could be on his way sooner rather than later.

The 21-year-old can play as either a centre-back or a left-back, and has played at youth level for France. He is a first team regular at Lyon, who are top of Ligue 1 ahead of the much richer PSG. The Gunners may have to pay a large fee in order to get the player as he is so important to the French club.

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