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Arsenal have emerged as favorites to sign Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu, according to reports.
The Gunners made inquiries about the defender last week and are now being regarded as front runners for his signature.
Wenger is desperate to sign a centre back this summer following injuries to Gabriel Paulista and Per Mertesacker. The Fench tactician is currently working on a deal to sign Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi and it is believed he has lined up Mathieu as an alternative target.
According to Betstars via the Express, Arsenal are favourites to sign Mathieu this summer. The Bookmarkers have placed Arsenal at odds of 5/4 to sign the French defender.
A Betstars Spokesperson said: “There’s been a lot of talk about Shkodran Mustafi moving to Arsenal but our odds suggest another defender could also be on his way to the Emirates.”
“Arsenal have emerged as the 5/4 frontrunners to sign Jeremy Mathieu from Barcelona and, with the French defender deemed surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp, we wouldn’t be surprised to see this deal go through before the window closes.”
However, Arsenal are confident of signing Mustafi before the end of this week but Wenger could turn to Mathieu should a move for the German fall through.