The north Londoners are keen on Lille’s Souare.
Scouts from Arsenal traveled to France this weekend to take a closer look at Lille left-back Pape Souare as the Gunners prepare a bid, reports Inside Futbol.
After selling youngster Lucas Digne to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, Souare has made the step up to fill the void and has played 22 matches in all competitions this term.
The Senegal international is a product of the Lille youth system and spent last year on-loan with Stade Reims, playing 24 matches.
Although contracted until 2017 the north London club have been drawn to the full-back due to Souare’s impressive form in Ligue 1.
Currently Arsene Wenger has both Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal as options on the left side of defence, but it’s likely to be the Spaniard that makes way if the African was bought in.
The 27-year-old has been at the Emirates Stadium for 12 months, but has failed to establish a consistent first team place and has been overtaken in the pecking order by Gibbs.
The Englishman progressed from the academy at the club and has greatly impressed this term along with fellow youngsters Aaron Ramsey and Wojciech Szczcesny.
With club captain Thomas Vermaelen strongly linked with a move away from the English capital and Bacary Sagna yet to sign a new deal, improving the defence is a priority for Wenger.
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