Arsenal set to scout Diego Lugano & Joseph Yobo ahead of possible moves

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Arsenal appear eager to bolster their defence in the midst of an unfortunate injury crisis, with reports suggesting that the club are targeting two free agent centre-backs with prior Premier League experience.

According to the latest speculation from the Daily Express, Arsene Wenger is currently searching for reinforcements to cover the likes of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker with Calum Chambers having been struggling with tonsillitis, Mathieu Debuchy ruled out until January with an ankle problem and Nacho Monreal missing Tuesday night's Champions League defeat to Borussia Dortmund with a back problem.

The same source further suggests that Wenger is planning to keep a close eye on former West Brom man Diego Lugano and ex-Everton stalwart Joseph Yobo, instructing his scouts to assess both players as he seeks to find a short-term solution.

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Uninspiring choices

While it is unclear at this stage if Arsenal do plan to go ahead and sign one of that aforementioned pair, those names are unlikely to inspire much confidence among the Gunners faithful who were understandably heavily critical of their side's lacklustre showing at Signal Iduna Park earlier this week.

Lugano - who can boast 95 senior caps for his native Uruguay - has built up plenty of experience throughout his lengthy career to date yet did not impress during a recent stint with West Brom and left The Hawthorns in May having only made a handful of appearances.

34-year-old Yobo - whose contract with Turkish outfit Fenis even more experienced internationally and is presumably far more accustomed to life in the English top-flight after a nine-year stint with Everton between 2003-2012. 

The Nigerian - who captained his country at the recent World Cup in Brazil - returned to Premier League last year, although his five-month loan spell with Norwich City sadly ended with relegation to the second tier.

Villa clash

Following on from their European disappointment, Arsenal face a trip to the Midlands on Saturday to face an in-form Aston Villa side who are unbeaten so far this season and will still be on a high after their hard-fought win over Liverpool at Anfield last weekend.

Wenger will hope his side can claim all three points at Villa Park after three draws in succession against Everton, newly-promoted Leicester City and reigning champions Manchester City.

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