By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is weighing up offers for free agent, Joseph Yobo and another experienced defender, Diego Lugano, as he looks to plug holes in his paper-thin back-line, which is severely struggling with injuries.
The Gunners were left with just three senior defenders for their 2-0 defeat by Borussia Dortmund in Tuesday’s Champions League match, and are desperate for reinforcements that can help provide temporary cover.
Wenger is looking for a central defender to be used as back-up to Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny, and is aware that Premier League clubs can still sign free agents despite the transfer window closing at the start of September.
The Daily Mail believe that scouts have been asked to examine short-term options Diego Lugano and former Super Eagles captain, Yobo, who are both available and have been discussed at the clubs London Colney HQ.
Both have Premier League experience Yobo for Everton and Norwich and Lugano with West Brom which is key for the Gunners. Any moves, though, are a way from fruition with the club still considering their options.
Yobo, 34, who retired from international football after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil where he captained the Super Eagles to the Round of 16 stage as Nigeria lost 2-0 to France, made 220 league appearances for the Toffees between 2002 and 2012, while Lugano, 33, who was once ranked among the best defenders in the world, played 12 times for the Baggies last term.
The Uruguayan captain, Lugano, was selected as the best skipper at the 2010 World Cup, when he lead his team to fourth place in South Africa.