• Arsenal in talks with Atletico Madrid over £40m-rated Jose Gimenez

    Arsenal in talks with Atletico Madrid over £40m-rated Jose Gimenez

    Arsenal have opened negotiations with Atletico Madrid over centre-back Jose Gimenez as Arsene Wenger steps up his pursuit of defensive reinforcements.

    Arsenal are without captain Per Mertesacker and Brazilian defender Gabriel through injury while Laurent Koscielny is still recovering full match fitness after his European Championship exertions with France this summer.

    It left Wenger with youngsters Calum Chambers and Rob Holding in defence as Arsenal slumped to a 4-3 opening-day loss to Liverpool.

    Gimenez, 21, is a fast and physical Uruguayan centre half […]