Arsenal Table £35m Bid for Mehdi Benatia

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Arsene Wengerappears to be moving charging ahead in an effort to strengthen his shaky defences for the second part of the Premier League season.

The Gunners have been rather vulnerable at the back and the experienced French tactician is said to have already made a concrete move towards reinforcing the backline.

According to reports coming from Sky Italia, Arsenal have submitted an offer worth £35 million for the 30-year-old Juventus centre-back Mehdi Benatia.

Former Bayern Munich defender only joined Serie A leaders on a permanent deal at the end of last season but is struggling to impose himself as a first-team regular for coach Max Allegri.

With only eight Serie A performances thus far in the campaign for the Morocco international, Arsenal are willing to test Juventus’ resolve to hold on a player in the wake of a possible profit for the ageing star.