Arsenal targeting Man United centre-back Chris Smalling

Arsenal are closely monitoring the rise of Manchester United starlet Chris Smalling.

The Gunners have reportedly "explored" the possibility of signing the 28-year-old defender from Manchester United in the summer transfer window, according to The Daily Star.

The north Londoners are interested in signing the England international as manager Arsene Wenger looks to reinforcements to his defensive options ahead of next season.