Date: 11th May 2018 at 7:01am
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Arsenal are seeking defensive reinforcements to their side this summer after a poor campaign in the , which has seen them concede a whopping 51 goals across 37 league matches.

The Gunners are set to see captain Per Mertesacker retire at the end of the campaign, while vice-captain Laurent Koscielny is set to miss the next six months following an achilles injury sustained in last week’s Europa League semi-final defeat to Atletico Madrid.

That’s left Arsenal in the market for a central defender and a respected journalist has revealed that the Gunners are in the chase for Ajax’s highly-rated youngster Matthijs de Ligt, who is reported to have handed in a transfer request to the Eredivisie giants.

De Ligt’s services are highly sought after, with , , Bayern Munich and all attributed with an interest in the Holland , but Kike Marin has added Arsenal’s name to the mix.

Marin may be remembered by Arsenal fans for calling Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s club-record move to Stadium from in January way before the deal was confirmed on Deadline Day.