Date: 25th May 2018 at 5:02am
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are looking to significantly bolster their ranks this summer after missing out on football once again and defence is likely to be an area of focus.

lost experienced defender Per Mertesacker to retirement, while Laurent Koscielny faces a lengthy absence through injury and speculation continues to orientate over the head of Shkodran Mustafi.

are eying a new centre-back to slot into the first-team and Sky Sports report that Borussia defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos is ‘very close’ to sealing a move, with head of recruitment Sven Mislintat the driving force behind the deal.

“The head of recruitment Sven Mislintat is very powerful even in the last window. He was the driving force behind the players they were signing. are looking for a centre-half. They have been looking at the German market. Talks with Sokratis Papastathopoulos at Borussia are very close… Centre-half is a priority.”

29-year-old Greece defender Sokratis could become the latest ex- ace to arrive at the Emirates Stadium, with landing and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January.