French star open to Gunners switch

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Arsenal may make an offer for Phillipe Mexes as the North London club look to strengthen their defence as they step up their challenge for the title.

Is it believed that Arsene Wenger is in the market for a new defender, particularly after it was announced that Thomas Vermaelen's injury could keep him sidelined for the foreseeable future, with Wenger explaining on the Arsenal website:

"We have to be patient. At the moment we have no rational explanation for his pain. That means there is no reason to have surgery and there is no logical explanation for his pain. We have to be patient and just hope it will go. That means rest at the moment."

Reports surrounding the gunners suggest that Arsenal's shortlist to solve his defender crisis include PSG’s Mamadou Sakho, Bolton Wanderer’s Gary Cahill and Everton’s Phil Jagielka. Roma's Mexes is also on the list.

Mexes' contract is due to run out with Roma in the summer, and it's therefore believed that the Gunners' boss would be able to bring the Frenchman to the Emirates on a cut-price fee in January.

Mexes has been questioned about a possible move to Arsenal in January and refused to deny the option, claiming: "I'm open to all proposals."

The 28-year-old carried on: "The Premier League is one of the best in the world. It is the most publicised, with the greatest players in the world. It's very exciting. It makes you want to go there."

This is not the first the centre-back has linked with a move to the Premier League. The French international was the target for various English clubs in 2004, including Arsenal and Manchester United, however the centre-back went on to sign a four-year deal with Roma.

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