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Arsenal are continuing to hold talks with former Nice defender Malang Sarr but, according to Goal, reports that the Frenchman has been offered a contract at the Emirates are wide of the mark as things stand.

Despite a terrific display of resilience and organisation during Wednesday’s scalp of Premier League champions Liverpool, absolutely no one is suggesting that Mikel Arteta does not need any defensive reinforcements this summer.

Yes, Rob Holding was a granite pillar of strength during the midweek 2-1 triumph but, as they have shown since Project Re-start got underway, David Luiz and Shkodran Mustafi remain as erratic and error-prone as ever.



With funds tight in north London after missing out on Champions League qualification once again, bringing a top-class centre-half to the English capital will be easier said than done.

If only there was an exciting defensive talent available for absolutely nothing this summer. Oh wait, there is.

And Arsenal, as you might expect, are very much interested.

Goal reports that the Gunners have held talks with 21-year-old Sarr after his contract at Ligue 1 outfit Nice expired.

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Like William Saliba, the bright young hope of Arsenal Football Club, Sarr established himself as one of the finest defenders on the other side of the Channel when he was just a teenager while possessing the physical and technical attributes to thrive in Arteta’s system.

Goal adds that no contract has been offered to Sarr just yet, despite previous reports suggesting otherwise, while Torino are leading the chase as it stands.

Though the lure of Arsenal, Champions League football or not, may be impossible to resist.

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