Arsenal were knocked back in their attempts to sign Juventus and Uruguay defender Martin Caceres in the summer, reports talkSPORT.
Arsene Wenger endured heavy criticism for his lack of transfer activity before finally dusting off his chequebook on deadline day for Real Madrid star Mesut Ozil.
Other additions including Yayo Sanogo, Mathieu Flamini and Emiliano Viviano failed to address to obviously need for reinforcements in defence.
Arsenal have just three recognised centre-backs in Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Thomas Vermaelen. A lack of reserves has already forced Wenger in to using Bacary Sagna out of position. Vermaelen's injury problems have left Arsenal lighter still.
Now reports have claimed that the Arsenal boss did attempt to bring in a central defender in the summer in the form of Caceres.
Reports in Italy have claimed that Caceres, who has been capped 48 times for Uruguay, was the subject of an enquiry from the Gunners.
This enquiry was firmly rejected by Juventus boss Antonio Conte, forcing Arsenal to abandon their attempts. They do, however, retain an interest in the defender.