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Wenger ready to bid for quality Mustafi alternative who used to partner his Arsenal defender

Arsenal are considering a move for Villareal centre-back Mateo Musacchio as Wenger looks to solve the defensive crisis, according to latest reports.

The Gunners have only three fit central defenders in the senior squad at the present moment, and they are frantically trying to add another to their outfit.

Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi and Roma’s Kostas Manolas have been heavily linked but Wenger also has his eyes on Musacchio.

Wenger was weighing up a £12million move for the 25-year-old Argentine at the start of the summer but a bid was never lodged, according to the Telegraph.

And his price is expected to have gone up since then.

But after injuries to Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista, Arsenal’s situation is looking bleak and Wenger will surely have to be prepared to pay over the odds at this late stage.

Musacchio previously partnered Gabriel in La Liga and has spent seven years with Villarreal.

At 6ft tall, the Argentine may not be the most physically imposing defender but remains solid in the air and does not shy away from an aerial duel, having competed in a total of 136 last season.

But in truth, he is more suited to playing the ball on the floor and he possesses good technique and passing ability that will help him to feed Spurs’ midfield contingent.

With his decision-making questionable at times, he will not represent a wholly solid acquisition but the fact he was widely linked with Barcelona gives an indication of not only his style, but also his overall calibre.

With Wenger becoming frustrated by his inability to land a defender, perhaps we will see the South American reunited at the Emirates this season.

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