Arsenal looked to be sorted for the rest of the season but a number of injuries during the past couple of weeks has seriously hampered the manager’s plans.

The Gunners have a number of injuries amongst their squad with the most significant being the ACL injury to Rob Holding which will keep the centre-back out of action for atleast nine months.

This injury means the club are planning to bring in a new central defender during the January transfer window – according to reports.

While the North London club do have a number of likely option but some rumours claim Arsenal are in talks with Borussia Dortmund defender Manuel Akanji.

Manuel Akanji is one of the best defenders in the Bundesliga this season and a number of clubs have shown interest in signing him.

But Arsenal are planning to beat everyone to the race by trying to bring him onboard during the start of the new year.

BVB are expected to trigger the release clause of Real Valladolid defender Fernando Calero and if this move goes through Arsenal should be able to bring Manuel Akanji to the Emirates without any problem.

Initially, it was thought, the Gunners would call back Calum Chambers from his loan spell from Fulham in order to replace Rob Holding but now reports have revealed that the player’s loan contract with Fulham does not have a clause to call him back during the middle of the season.

In such a scenario, Arsenal will have to sign a new centre-back in January and it looks as if BVB’s Manuel Akanji will be that man.

The 23-year-old has so far played every minute of football in the German league but BVB are willing to cash in on him given they can sign Fernando Calero.

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