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Arsenal’s defensive target reveals decision on transfer is imminent

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Arsenal are looking to significantly improve their ranks following the appointment of Unai Emery as the club’s new manager and plenty of focus is likely to be placed on the defensive areas of the side.

The Gunners saw Per Mertesacker retire at the end of the season and Laurent Koscielny faces a long spell on the sidelines with an achilles issue, while question marks continue to hover over the head of Germany international Shkodran Mustafi.

Head of recruitment Sven Mislintat is leading the drive and is eyeing targets from within the Bundesliga, including Freiburg’s highly-rated Turkey defender Caglar Soyuncu – with reports claiming discussions are at an advanced stage.

While the 22-year-old said nothing has been agreed yet, he informed Turkish outlet Tumspor that he will make a decision on his future imminently.

“Arsenal are one of the most important clubs in England.  I know they’re interested in me, but there’s nothing finalised yet about my transfer. After the national team camp we’ll have talks.”

Soyuncu, capped nine times by Turkey, it set to feature for his nation against Iran, Tunisia and Russia over the coming weeks.

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