Gunners back in race for former Blades star - reports

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Arsenal are once again being linked with a move for Everton defender Phil Jagielka.

The England international centre back was heavily linked with a move to the Emirates last summer, with reports even suggesting that the Gunners made a bid for the now 28-year-old.

Arsene Wenger is thought to have a number of potential defensive targets on his radar, with Mamadou Sakho, Gary Cahill and Phil Jones all highlighted as potential summer acquisitions. highlights recent reports in its claim that Jagielka is once again an Arsenal target, although it's unclear how much the north Londoners would have to pay to bring the player to the Emirates.

Negotiations broke down between Arsenal and Everton last year with the Gunners unwilling to meet the Toffees' valuation for the player, according to, and the same issues could arise again for Wenger as he looks to strengthen his back line.


Injuries have exposed a fragile core in the position at the Emirates, with long-term absentee Thomas Vermaelen a major miss for Arsenal in their quest for titles this term. Having relied heavily on Johan Djourou, Laurent Koscielny and Sebastien Squillaci, new additions have been targeted to bolster the club in the position.

With Jagielka just one of numerous possibilities and the Arsenal scouting network scouring the globe, the French manager appears to have plenty of options at his disposal and the no-nonsense Lancashire-born player is one of them.

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