Would Martin Skrtel be a smart signing for Arsenal this summer?

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The Liverpool defender is reportedly considering moving on.

According to a recent report from ESPN, Liverpool centre-back Martin Skrtel is considering his options after slipping down the pecking order at Anfield this season.

Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho appear to be Reds manager Jurgen Klopp’s preferred defensive pairing right now, with Kolo Toure and even midfielder Lucas Leiva also playing at the back ahead of Skrtel in recent weeks.

With Joel Matip arriving this summer on a free transfer, the competition for places is only going to get tougher, so if Skrtel does leave could a Premier League rival snap him up?

Arsenal are in desperate need of quality centre-backs after a season to forget for Brazilian Gabriel Paulista and with Per Mertesacker lacking pace, and given his experience of the English top flight, Skrtel could be perfect for the Gunners.

At 31 Skrtel has plenty of experience and while Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger may prefer a slightly younger signing there is always a risk when bringing in a player unfamiliar with the division.

There would be no such risk with Skrtel, whose no-nonsense defending is exactly what Arsenal need as they bid to get over the missed opportunities of this season.

With 317 appearances for Liverpool Skrtel would be an interesting addition to Arsenal’s squad; a player who could be available relatively cheap but one who could form an effective partnership with Laurent Koscielny.

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