Saturday, 18th January, 2014

Arsenal had scouts at last night's Ligue 1 game between Saint-Etienne and Lille, as they run the rule over defender Pape Souare.

The 23-year-old left-back has been identified by the Gunners as a possible future addition and, according to French magazine But! Arsenal had talent spotters taking in his performance for Lille.

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Souare played all 90 minutes of the Ligue 1 clash, but came away disappointed as Lille went down to a 2-0 defeat.

The defender has been something of a mainstay for Lille this term, making 20 appearances in the French top flight for Rene Girard's men.


Souare spent last season on loan at fellow French club Reims, having come through Lille's youth set-up.

A Senegal international, Souare has long been highly rated and has been tied down to a contract running until the summer of 2017 by Lille.

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