Arsene Wenger appears to be targeting the acquisition of another defender this summer according to emerging rumours from the British media.
The Arsenal boss secured the additions of Rob Holding and Shkodran Mustafi last summer with the view of strengthening his defensive options ahead of this campaign.
However, the Gunners have continued to struggle in that area of the pitch as Bayern Munich put ten goals past them in the Champions League round of 16.
Thus, the Evening Standard are now claiming that Arsenal have stepped up their efforts to sign Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson in their first bit of business of the summer transfer window.
The 24-year-old has been one of the regular names on the team sheet for the newly promoted side this season as they look to survive relegation.
And even though loan star Calum Chambers has shown signs of progress so far, Wenger is seemingly more interested in securing the services of his Boro’ teammate.
Gibson’s biggest asset as a defender is his versatility. The Englishman, who is believed to be valued at $34.9 million (£30 million), is capable of playing at centre-back as well as left-back.
With the future of Kieran Gibbs and perhaps Nacho Monreal still uncertain, the Middlesbrough star could also have a spot on the left flank of Arsenal’s back-line.