The gunners have had an awful 2017\/18 season where they have made numerous loses due to defensive problems,and are at a risk of missing out on UEFA Champions League spots. There has been reports which suggest that the gunners are interested in signing Manchester United star defender Chris Smalling who has been a transfer target for the gunners for a while but it is reported that they will make a serious move in the summer transfer window. According to the Sunday Star, the gunners have been informed by the red devils that they will need to pay a minimum \u00a325 million if they have any hopes of bringing the English international at the Emirates stadium in the summer. ( Arsenal transfer target Smalling \/ Getty) Arsenal will be without their current captain Per Mertesacker next season because he is going to quit playing football and is gonna join coaching, the gunners have already appointed him the academy coach for the teen gunners next season. Chris Smalling has been a proven defender for a long time and many football analysts believe that the player would fit well in the playing style of the gunners. It isn't known whether Jose Mourinho would be willing to let go of the player in the summer transfer window because he never likes to transact with his arch rival Arsene Wenger.