Arsenal are considering to offer free agent Mario Yepes a contract in hopes of reinforcing their defence after failing to add a centre-back during the transfer window, Metro reports.

After seeing Thomas Vermaelen depart to Barcelona, Arsene Wenger was said to be targeting an appropriate replacement for him, but when the window closed at the start of the week, no signings were made.

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Wenger opted to complete a switch for now former Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck on deadline day after learning that first choice forward Olivier Giroud would be out till January.

Now, with the Gunners needing some defensive backup, they are trying to get a short-term player to provide cover for regular pairing Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker, and a versatile Calum Chambers.

Yepes became a free agent after being released by Serie A side Atalanta as his agent revealed that his client was keen on a switch to the English Premier League.

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