English Premier League side Arsenal FC turn to Monaco player Marcel Tisserand in a bid to salvage their defensive woes this season.

Coach Arsene Wenger probably thought the team could hold up attacks in the league until the injured players return but the first game of the season against Liverpool revealed all the vulnerabilities.

Arsenal have long been linked with Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi, with reports claiming the player is open to the move. Till date the deal has not been confirmed with the transfer fee being the likely stumbling block. Get French Football News reveal that Arsenal reps have contacted Tisserand’s agent with the hope of sealing the deal as soon as possible.

Tisserand made 32 starts in the French Ligue 1 for rival club Toulouse in the last term as he couldn’t establish himself as a starter at the Leonardo Jardim led side.

Arsenal are still hoping to seal the deal for the move of the German international Mustafi but the Gunners are looking at the French football player as an alternative.

Tisserand might be willing to make the move to England but Arsenal would face stiff competition in getting him as French outfit St. Etienne are keen on adding him to their ranks this summer. Tisserand can operate as in the right-back position aside his traditional central defence position. His versatility would be an advantage for the Gunners especially with the way the team is configured and the defensive crisis the club is facing.

Per Mertesacker would only return next year, Gabriel Paulista out for weeks and Koscielny yet to be fully fit for the season. The transfer window closes in two weeks, leaving Arsenal scampering for a capable reinforcement. A move for Hoffenheim’s Fabian Schär is also reported if the deal for the Frenchman falls through.