Arsenal are reportedly ahead of rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the race to sign Eintracht Frankfurt defender Evan N'Dicka.
The 21-year-old joined Frankfurt from Auxerre in 2018 and has made 82 appearances for the German club in all competitions, including 12 outings during the 2020-21 campaign.
According to Bild, Arsenal and Spurs have been scouting the France Under-21s international during the current season.
However, the report claims that the Gunners have an advantage due to their relationship with the player's agent, who was involved in Nicolas Pepe's switch to the Emirates Stadium.
N'Dicka missed the start of the season through injury but has been a regular in recent weeks, playing a key role in Frankfurt winning five of their last six Bundesliga matches.
Southampton are also believed to be keeping a close eye on the centre-back.