Arsenal desperate for problem-solving transfer by Friday, two EURO 2016 stars in line

Arsenal are desperate to snap up central defensive cover by Friday, with the Mirror claiming that Shkodran Mustafi of Valencia or West Brom’s Jonny Evans could be the players to ease Arsene Wenger’s woes.

The Gunners have been hit by a spate of injuries at the heart of their backline during pre-season, with Per Mertesacker and Gabriel having been ruled out for the opening weeks of the coming campaign.

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Alongside the German and the Brazilian, Laurent Koscielny is unlikely to be match fit for Sunday’s clash with Liverpool after a lengthy European Championship with France, which is likely to leave Wenger reliant on rookie signing Rob Holding and Calum Chambers at centre-back against Jurgen Klopp’s side.

And reports claim that the London club are desperate to draft in some cover ahead of the game, with Evans and Mustafi targets.

To have either available in time for the Liverpool match they will need to be officially registered by the end of Friday, albeit a lack of training time could make it near impossible for them to feature at the Emirates Stadium.

Mustafi appears to be the top target with speculation suggesting that an offer will be made for the Valencia ace today.

Evans is a somewhat surprising target, with the former Manchester United man valued at £15m by West Brom.

Both defenders featured for their countries at EURO 2016.

Shkodran Mustafi