Five facts about rumoured Arsenal transfer target Vitorino Antunes

Reports today suggest that Arsenal are looking at a deal to sign Malaga full back Vitorino Antunes in January, but what do fans need to know about him?

Arsenal's start to the season hasn't been quite as emphatic as fans had been hoping for, with too many draws and defensive frailties the main features of the campaign to date. As if their defence didn't have enough issues, injuries have again reared their ugly heads as Mathieu Debuchy and Kieran Gibbs have been sidelined recently, whilst Calum Chambers, Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker have also been nursing knocks.

Many had expected manager Arsene Wenger to spend money on his defence after the £15m sale of Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona, but the Frenchman chose to spend his cash on Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck instead. The Belgian offered cover at left back, and with Nacho Monreal's poor performances in Gibbs' absence, another left back may be on Wenger's transfer wishlist - particularly as Athletic Bilbao are allegedly interested in Morneal.

Now, reports speculate that Wenger is lining up another swoop for a left back from Malaga almost two years after signing Monreal - Vitorino Antunes. The full back has played for some big clubs but is unheralded in England, so what do Arsenal fans need to know about him?

1. Antunes started his career at the age of nine by joining local side Freamunde in Portugal, and stayed for ten years before joining Pacos Ferreira, where he made his name.

2. After impressing at Pacos Ferreira, Antunes was handing his big move to Italy with Roma, but endured a frustrating time there until leaving in 2012, heading back to Pacos Ferreira.

3. Having regained his form with his former club, Antunes attracted interest from Malaga, who signed him in order to become the replacement for Monreal, who joined Arsenal.

4. Antunes has eight caps for Portugal, but rarely plays because of the presence of Real Madrid's Fabio Coentrao in the Portugal setup.

5. Known for being an attacking full back, Antunes has pace and possesses great delivery in the box from set pieces and from open play.

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