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Arsenal's search for capable cover at left-back has reportedly led them to Manchester City defender Wayne Bridge.

The 31-year-old has featured only once for City this season and the Barclays Premier League leaders are keen to ship him out elsewhere.

According to The Mirror, Arsene Wenger is poised to launch a January move for Bridge in an attempt to bring him to Arsenal on loan for the remainder of the season.

The Gunners are worryingly short at full-back, with Kieran Gibbs, Carl Jenkinson, Andre Santos and Bacary Sagna all currently in the treatment room.

Further injury to Johan Djourou in the the weekend defeat at the Etihad Stadium saw Wenger concede that he must reinforce, and Bridge could seemingly join the Gunners next month.

The former Chelsea defender does not feature in the plans of Roberto Mancini and the main concern for Wenger will be Bridge's lack of match practice.

Mancini revealed on Tuesday that Bridge has had several opportunities to leave City on loan - all of which he rejected - and seems more concerned with playing golf.

"Wayne is a good guy but for every other player it should be important to play," said the City boss. "Wayne has had two or three chances [to go somewhere else]

"In the summer he had the chance to play for Celtic, and this is an important team. I don't know [what he does on Saturdays]. Golf?"

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