Head of recruitment Sven Mislintat and former director of football at Barcelona Raul Sanllehi have drawn up a list of targets for Arsenal due to the Gunners' poor defensive record, having conceded 48 Premier League goals so far this season, more than both Brighton and Newcastle.
Mislintat, who has already overseen the signings of former Dortmund players Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, has identified the Bundesliga outfit's Greece international Sokratis as a key defensive target for Arsenal.
The north London club are also seeking a younger alternative to Petr Cech, who is soon to turn 36, and ideally want to recruit Atlético Madrid stopper Jan Oblak.
However, the 25-year-old Slovenian could cost as much as £70m - a price tag which is likely to deter Arsenal from making a move.
In terms of defence, Sokratis has been identified due to the fact that