Arsenal are in a rush to sign a top centre back after the injury crisis that hit the team.

However, reports indicate that the North London outfit might have lost the German international as they stalled too long from completing the deal despite making formal enquiries a while back.

Coming from a loss of 4-3 at home in the game against a Jurgen Klopp led side, Arsene Wenger returned back to the deal with Spanish side Valencia after the two clubs couldn’t agree on a transfer fee. Daily Mirror say Valencia “are not negotiating with any club” after Arsenal hesitated from completing the deal. This is a big blow to Wenger’s plans early in the season, after his squad conceded four goals in 18 minutes.

The Mirror report that Arsenal were willing to sell the player to the Premier League side for £20 million but it has been up to a month since Arsenal inquired about the 24-year old World Cup winner, yet no offer has come. There are reports that Chelsea could be the one blocking the player out of the market with the hope to meeting the asking price of the player. If these reports are anything close to the truth, then it would go like the ways of others.

Javier Hernandez earlier hinted that he could leave Bayern Leverkusen after the player was linked with a return to the EPL to play under Wenger. He claimed being in the midst of transfer drama “motivates” him. Since leaving Man United, Hernandez has scored 26 goals in 40 games. Arsenal need a striker and a centre half, but could have lost out on the two players this term like a host of other players linked to the club. Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu is in the picture but since his hamstring injury last month nothing has been heard.