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Arsenal eyeing move for Marseille star

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Wenger targeting defensive reinforcements? (©GettyImages)
Wenger targeting defensive reinforcements? (©GettyImages).

Arsenal could be set to boost their defensive ranks, with reports suggesting that the high-flying Gunners are considering a move for Marseille's Nicolas N'Kolou.

Arsene Wenger's men have enjoyed a tremendous start to the new campaign, bouncing back from a defeat to Aston Villa on the opening day of the 2013/14 campaign in quite extraordinary style to top the Premier League.

Last Saturday's impressive 2-0 victory over Liverpool - achieved courtesy of goals from midfield duo Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey - extended their lead at the summit of the top-flight to five points.

With the Gunners seemingly re-asserting their status as title contenders after a long and painful trophy drought, it will surely be necessary for Wenger to invest when the transfer window re-opens for business in January.

One area they could be looking to prioritise is in defence. Although the established first-choice centre-back partnership of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker is proving resolute, there is little in the way of sufficient depth in reserve with both Thomas Vermaelen and Bacary Sagna not expected by many to remain in North London beyond the end of the current campaign.

According to The Metro, Arsenal could have as much as £60 million to spend in the new year and a proportion of that sum could be spent on N'Kolou, with Arsenal reportedly weighing up a potential bid.

The same publication claims that Wenger is an admirer of the Cameroon international and dispatched a scout to watch the player during Marseille's Champions League clash against Rafael Benitez's Napoli on Wednesday evening.

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