Arsenal have reportedly briefed scouts to be on the lookout for defensive free agents after finding themselves in the midst of an injury crisis that left only three senior members of their backline available against Borussia Dortmund.
Despite the on-going issues at right back, where Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers are both currently out of action, centre-half is the position in which the Gunners are seeking reinforcement.
Diego Lugano and Joseph Yobo have been named as potential targets for the north London club, according to the Daily Mail, with Premier League experience understood to be considered a must.
Arsene Wenger’s side are 29/10 to keep a clean sheet at Aston Villa in their next Premier League outing, with Chambers a potential returnee.
In the meantime, bwinbetting take a look at the free agent scene and rank the possibles in terms of what they have to offer the Gunners.
4. Zat Knight
The 6ft 6in former Fulham, Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers man has close to 300 games worth of Premier League experience under his belt and is available on a free after leaving the Reebok this summer.
A virtual ever present in the side that blazed through to the cusp of the play-offs on a late run under Dougie Freedman in 2012/13, he fell down the pecking order last term, playing just three times for the Trotters.
3. Diego Lugano
The Uruguay international was still sufficiently cherished by Celeste manager Oscar Tabarez to play each and every game of the country’s World Cup campaign in Brazil.
However, he was worryingly lightly used at West Brom last term before being released in the summer, with 12 games in the English top tier the limit of his experience.
2. Joseph Yobo
A centre-half of similar international standing to Lugano, Yobo (who earned his 100th cap for Nigeria in Brazil) trumps him by nine Premier League seasons worth of know-how to one.
Often linked to the Gunners down the years, Arsene Wenger has clearly admired the Super Eagles star and this too is in his favour.
Yobo’s loan spell at Norwich last season started with immense promise as he helmed the Canaries’ flaky backline to a clean sheet against Manchester City before a calf injury limited his participation – he still has plenty to offer.
1. Abdoulaye Faye
The Senegalese bruiser may be less heralded than the pair that precede him in our ranking, but he’s been a rock solid practitioner at Premier League and Championship level for the best part of a decade.
Steve Bruce saw fit to keep him around after Hull City won promotion last season, where despite being sparingly used he kept five clean sheets in seven starts across all competitions.