The Gunners want Perrin to bolster their defence.
Saint-Etienne defender Loic Perrin has emerged as a transfer target for Arsenal this summer as the Gunners want to shore up their back four.
The departure of Sebastian Squillaci and Johan Djourou this transfer window has left the north London club lacking at the back and the squad needs to be strengthened.
There were question marks raised over the capabilities of captain Thomas Vermaelen last season, whilst although Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny were strong in defence, manager Arsene Wenger is keen to have adequate support.
Perrin had a fine year for St Etienne in 2012/13, helping the Ligue 1 side to fifth in the table and European football.
The 27-year-old has played his entire career at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, featuring 191 times for the club since breaking into the first team a decade ago.
The centre-back is also a versatile player as Perrin is equally adept at right-back or defensive midfield and would provide back-up to both Bacary Sagna, or as support in the centre of the park.
Although the defender has never earned a senior cap for France, the St Etienne star played at under-21 level.
Despite having a £70m transfer budget Wenger has always been cautious in the market for new players and the expected £6.5m that would set Arsenal back for Perrin wouldn’t break the bank.
The Frenchman would also provide a physical presence that the Gunners are often criticised for lacking, with strength in the air and the ability to hold up the ball.