Arsenal are interested in signing Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng on loan before the January transfer window closes, according to The Mirror.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta wants to sign defensive reinforcements but the board has given him limited funds to work with this month, according to the British newspaper.

Arsenal are reluctant to spend big money on a defender because of the impending arrival of William Saliba in the summer, as informed by Sky Sports earlier this month.

The Gunners have been linked with a move for the Germany international Boateng, who would bring experience and leadership to the Emirates Stadium outfit if a deal could be thrashed out.

Arsenal’s defensive problems have been compounded by injuries to Calum Chambers and Sokratis.

Reported Gunners target Boateng has faded away at Bayern and has had limited game time this term, despite long-term injuries to Niklas Sule and Lucas Hernandez.

Bayern boss Hans Flick has preferred to play Javi Martinez and David Alaba at centre-half and the veteran has made just 10 appearances in Bundesliga this season as a result.

Arsenal drew 2-2 with Chelsea on Tuesday evening and with David Luiz sent off, Arteta played a large part of the match with Granit Xhaka at centre-back.

A shaky defence has been at the core of the Gunners’ problems in recent years, with no standout star to command the backline.

While Boateng may not be the force he once was, Arsenal landing a player of his calibre in January could only be a positive thing in the North London club’s pursuit of Champions League qualification.

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