Breaking: Arsenal seal deal for Benjamin Pavard

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Having looked over the squad that he inherited from Arsene Wenger, Unai Emery has made his intentions clear by bringing in defensive reinforcements in the shape of Stephan Lichtsteiner and Sokratis Papastathopoulos, as well as Bernd Leno in goal.

Holding midfielder Lucas Torreira, currently starring for Uruguay at the World Cup, could well be next through the door, thus providing the Gunners with some terrier-like protection in front of their back-four, but he is not the only transfer target currently impressing in Russia.

According to the latest media reports, the North London outfit hold a serious interest in versatile French defender Benjamin Pavard, though any deal struck with VfB Stuttgart for the 22-year-old may be dependent upon him remaining in Germany for another season.

Having helped his current employers to secure promotion in his debut campaign with the club, the former Lille man took to the Bundesliga like a duck to water in 2017/18, playing every minute for a team who boasted the second best defensive record in the division.

Operating mainly at centre-back rather than the right-back position from which he scored a wonder goal for his country against Argentina on Saturday, Pavard actually boasted slightly better top-flight numbers than Papastathopoulos last term:

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