Arsenal are already putting plans on ground to fill up areas lacking depth in the Arsenal team and this duo come as likely targets the gunners may land during the summer transfer window.
1 .Arsenal are the latest club to show an interest for Sevilla centre-back Federico Fazio.
The 27-year-old is fast becoming one of the most sought-after defenders in Europe at the moment, with Barcelona, Manchester United and Liverpool all linked with him in the last few months following series of impressive displays.
The Argentine has been with Sevilla for his entire career so far since joining their youth team in 2007, but may now be heading for the exit door as his reputation improves with every game.
Fazio started his career in the Argentine second division with Ferro Carril Oeste in 2005 before he was bought by Sevilla in the January transfer window of 2007 where he spent majority of the remaining season with the second team, Sevilla Atlético, which he helped achieve promotion to the second level.
In 2007–08 season, Fazio started the season registered with both Sevilla teams. However, due to the absences of Javi Navarro (knee, entire season missed) and Julien Escudé (pubis, less than half of possible games), he ended up playing an important part on a side that reached a final UEFA Cup position.
With Arsenal being on the lookout for new defensive signings, it appears that Fazio could now be their main target to come in and challenge Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Thomas Vermaelen for a place in the starting lineup although with Vermaelen likely to exit the Emirates in search of first action. Leaving the Arsenal center defence short in depth.
2. Arsenal are also reportedly lining up a summer move for Freiburg’s Matthias Ginter, with Premier League rivals Manchester United also eying the defender.
Young Ginter’s impressive performances in the Bundesliga this season have seen him awarded his first full Germany cap earlier this month and attracted the attentions of both Man United and Arsenal.
But it is currently the Gunners who are thought to be leading the chase for the highly-rated 20-year-old, who is expected to fetch around £8m in the summer transfer window.
Ginter was watched by Arsenal’s chief scout Steve Rowley recently in Freiburg’s 4-1 victory over Frankfurt, as boss Arsene Wenger searches for a replacement for Vermaelen, who looks set to depart the Emirates at the end of the season.
The 6ft 3in centre-half is expected to earn a place in Germany’s World Cup squad where he will likely act as cover for Arsenal’s Mertesacker and Jerome Boateng.
Will one or both of these players be capable of filling the shoes of Vermaelen if he eventually departs the Emirates in the summer?