RB Leipzig have made it clear they will not be selling highly-rated young defender Lukas Klostermann to Arsenal.

German newspaper Bild claimed the Gunners had enquired about the 20-year-old but Leipzig director Ralf Rangnick has claimed he will not be sold.

“For us, there is no association [with Arsenal] as has been reported,” Rangnick told German magazine, Kicker.

“We will definitely not be selling Lukas.”                                         

Wenger has been forced to find defensive cover for Per Mertesacker and Gabriel, while Laurent Koscielny is unlikely to feature against Liverpool given his Euro 2016 exploits.

The Gunners are down to the bare bones in defence with Per Mertesacker out until the New Year with a knee problem and Laurent Koscielny not yet back in training after a busy summer with France at Euro 2016.

Wenger remains on the market for an experienced centre-back, but will be hard pressed to complete a deal in the next few days.

The 19 year old German under-21 international is 6 foot 2 and very quick, primarily plays right-back but is being groomed for a career as a centre-back. He’s tall enough, lightning fast and decent going forward.

He had a very solid season in 15-16, notching up 4 assists playing as a right-back. He has bursts of incredible speed and has a fantastic cross on him. Huge potential and a great chance to show off his talents while playing for his national team in currently ongoing Rio Olympics.

Wenger has to make a straight decision between new signing Rob Holding and Polish youngster Krystian Bielik ahead of the crunch league opener against Liverpool on Sunday.

There is very little to separate the two defenders besides the fact that Holding is a more natural central defender but Bielik performed well when asked to deputise there in pre-season.

The preference is to plump for Holding because of the fact that he is stronger and a more dependable defender who should relish the opportunity to shine on the big stage.

Facing one of the league’s most potent attacking sides could prove to be a baptism of fire for Holding but the same is true of Bielik and is the hand that Wenger has been dealt going into the season.


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