Arsene Wenger is believed to be eyeing a move for Greek centre-back Kostas Manolas in order to replace Thomas Vermaelen as backup to Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny, Daily Mail reports.

With the Gunners former captain Vermaelen recently joining Barcelona, the club are lacking any real defensive depth as natural right-back Calum Chambers was seen playing in place of Mertesacker during their 3-0 victory over Manchester City to clinch the Community Shield last weekend.

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Manolas is now a  favourite to add extra reinforcements into Wenger’s back line, but looks to be unsure whether he wants to join a club that only views him as backup.

The 23-year-old was ranked one of the top 50 players at the World Cup playing for Greece and has also played a part in Olympaikos’ Champions League campaign the previous season.

His addition will provide a much needed sense of competition for places with Chambers and Manolas aiming to overtake the side’s first-choice pairing of Mertesacker and Koscielny.

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