Report suggests Arsenal are monitoring highly-rated French teenager

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Arsenal are reportedly keeping a close eye on Marseille defender Boubacar Kamara.

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Reports emanating from France this morning suggest that Arsenal are monitoring Marseille teenager Boubacar Kamara, according to French news outlet L'Equipe.

The 17-year-old defender is highly regarded in France, but Marseilles are struggling to tie him down to a long-term deal, which has sparked the Gunners' interest in bringing him to the Emirates.

With Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker both in their 30's, a move for a younger central defender would seem to make sense for Arsenal, although they do have high hopes for Rob Holding and Calum Chambers, who are expected to blossom into top class centre-backs.

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The report from L'Equipe claims that despite Marseille's reluctance to sell, Arsenal are in a good position to do business because of their close relationship with the Ligue 1 outfit.

The Gunners currently sit in fourth position in the Premier League, just three points behind league leaders Chelsea, and have the fourth best defensive record in the league.

New signing Shkodran Mustafi has settled in with relative ease, and for once, Arsene Wenger's men actually look fairly solid at the back.

With a view to the long-term though, the acquisition of Kamara would represent a fantastic piece of business for Arsenal, should Marseille fail to tie the youngster down, and a move comes to fruition.

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