Arsenal concluded a disappointing Emirates Cup with a feeble stalemate against New York Red Bulls as Kyle Bartley's own goal cancelled Robin van Persie's first half strike. The draw followed an equally disappointing encounter with Boca Junior a day prior in which defensive insecurities relinquished a two nil lead.
It was the first time the Gunners' had lost their local pre season competition and whilst their were some positives including new £10.5 million signing Gervinho and young midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong, the defensive frailties are once again an issue.
The much anticipated centre half signing is yet to materialize for Arsene Wenger, who so far has failed to maintain his promise to Arsenal fans of new presences being implemented. Apart from Gervinho's acquisition from French champions OSC Lille, little has emerged as positive reinforcements for Arsenal.
After the North London giants endured a tumultuous demise at the latter end of 2010/2011, Arsenal fans are gradually losing their patience and with captain Cesc Fabregas now certain to depart the Emirates for his beloved Barcelona, the Gunners' appear to be fading on their ambition to eradicate the notorious six season trophy drought.
However their is still a month left in the Summer Transfer Window ensuring Wenger has time to implement changes. Furthermore it is still early days and the Arsenal squad is no where near full strength at this point in time. But there is no denying Wenger must enforce a quality defensive presence before the season commences.
But who should the Frenchman target?
BleacherReport is up to date with all the transfer rumours world wide and this slideshow brings you the top eight defenders Arsenal have been linked with.