Arsenal are reportedly lining up a surprise move for Blackburn pair Christopher Samba and Steven N'Zonzi.
According to Metro, the north London club are considering bringing in the £15 million-rated duo in order to shore up their injury prone defensive unit.
Both players are reportedly unsettled after the sacking of Rovers boss Sam Allardyce in December and Arsenal could be set to offer them an escape route.
Arsenal are in desperate need of defensive reinforcements after injury to Sebastien Squillaci left them with just two fit recognised centre-backs in Laurent Koscielny and Johan Djourou.
And, with Thomas Vermaelen undergoing surgery today on his ongoing Achilles problem, Arsenal are expected to add at least one defender to their ranks during the transfer window.
An approach for Samba is seemingly likely after Arsene Wenger said he would only be interested in bringing in a centre-back with previous experience in England.
“Ideally it would be better if they were adapted to English football,” said the Arsenal boss. “If you need players now in January then you cannot wait three months before they can play. If the opportunity turns up we will fetch it but, if not, I believe we can cope.
“We always have people in mind and we check them out. We look everywhere. It’s difficult to find [them] at this period of the season but overall I feel at the moment we have so many games that it’s very important just to focus on the next one."
And, although N'Zonzi operates in a holding midfield role for Blackburn, Wenger is understood to be keen to bolster Arsenal's defensive midfield options in January.
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