Arsenal alerted to French defender availability

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Arsenal are reportedly considering launching a move for Lyon defender Aly Cissokho in order to ease their injury crisis.

The Lyon full-back has frequently been linked with a move to the Barclays Premier League, and has confirmed his desire to seal a switch to England.

"This week, I will speak with the Lyon staff," Cissokho told L'Equipe.

"I reckon I prefer England, but for now, there is nothing done."

According to Metro, Arsene Wenger is a long-term admirer of the 24-year-old Frenchman and had considered bringing him to Arsenal during the summer.

It is now claimed the Gunners boss may add Cissokho to his ranks this month, to bolster a defence without injured quartet Thomas Vermaeln, Bacary Sagna, Andre Santos and Carl Jenkinson.

Johan Djourou, who had been filling in at full-back, is now also unavailable for Wenger having been sent off during Arsenal's 2-1 defeat to Fulham on Monday.

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