Arsenal ace Nacho Monreal wanted by Marseille in January amid defender crisis for Unai Emery


MARSEILLE are keen to bolster their defence in January and could turn to Nacho Monreal or Alberto Moreno, according to reports.

The French side are currently fifth in Ligue 1 but are just four points clear of 11th-placed Reims.

 Marseille have identified Arsenal left-back Nacho Monreal as a potential target

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Marseille have identified Arsenal left-back Nacho Monreal as a potential target
 Alberto Moreno is another player who the French side are considering to bolster their squad

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Alberto Moreno is another player who the French side are considering to bolster their squad

No team in the top half of the league have conceded more goals than Rudi Garcia's team – they have shipped 25 goals in their 16 games.

According to the France Football, Marseille are looking for reinforcements to come in and push them higher up the league while the left-back position is a specific area they are looking to improve.

Hence, with the January transfer window just around the corner, is is understood they have identified the two Premier League players as potential targets.

Arsenal defender Monreal played the majority of the opening games of the season in a conventional left-back role.

 Monreal returned from two months out with a hamstring injury to come on at centre-back against Huddersfield on Saturday

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Monreal returned from two months out with a hamstring injury to come on at centre-back against Huddersfield on Saturday
 Moreno is very much playing second-fiddle to Andrew Robertson and has featured just twice in the Premier League this season

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Moreno is very much playing second-fiddle to Andrew Robertson and has featured just twice in the Premier League this season

But he missed 11 matches due to a hamstring injury.

During his time on the sidelines, boss Unai Emery made the switch to a back three with Sead Kolasinac impressing at wing-back.

Monreal made his long-awaited return for the Gunners when Shkodran Mustafi limped off against Huddersfield on Saturday.

But Arsenal have a major defensive crisis with Laurent Koscielny the only available centre-back to face Southampton next week so Emery may be reluctant to let the Spaniard leave.

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Moreno, meanwhile, has fallen out of favour at Liverpool over the last year due to the emergence and excellence of Andrew Robertson.

Fellow Spaniard Moreno has played just 254 minutes of football across all competitions this season and featured just twice in the Premier League.

It appears Jurgen Klopp is keen on having him as a back up to Robertson but the right offer could tempt Liverpool into letting him leave.

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