Report: Loic Perrin confirms Arsenal contact to L’Equipe

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The 29-year-old has admitted that the North Londoners have been in touch but confessed that his future is unclear.

With the full-backs Nacho Monreal and Mathieu Debuchy having to fill-in at centre-half at times this season for Arsenal, the Gunners could surely benefit from signing an additional central defender this January.

One name that has been consistently linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium is Saint-Etienne’s Loic Perrin.

The 29-year-old has been a star performer for Christiophe Galtier’s side this season, starting 11 Ligue 1 games in his role of captain of the club.

The defender, who been with Saint-Etienne for the entirety of his career, has revealed that the Gunners have been in touch but admitted that he is unsure of where his future lies.

"Frankly, I do not know,” Perrin told L’Equipe.

“There are always rumours, though Arsenal made inquiries and contacted my agent. But Saint-Etienne has always been most important, full stop.

"I have always said that the ASSE is my club and that if I go it would be to take the next step. When it comes to Arsenal, we are not talking about just any club.”

Arsene Wenger could call upon first-choice centre-half pairing Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker in yesterday’s 3-0 victory over Stoke, but the French defender has suffered from injury this term and not been an ever-present.

Arsenal’s only major business in the transfer window thus far is to let Lukas Podolski leave to join Inter Milan on loan.

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