According to El Mundo Deportivo, Real Sociedad have identified Ignasi Miquel as a potential target as they try to cope with an injury to central defender Mikel González.
Miquel joined Arsenal from Catalan side Cornélla, having been released by Barcelona, but has yet to establish himself firmly in the squad.
He played just once in the Premier League last season, a late substitute appearance at the Stadium of Light as 10 man Arsenal hung on for victory, as well as making two Capital One Cup appearances.
So far he hasn’t been sent out on loan and his contract expires in 2014, meaning he can leave for free should it run down or Arsenal decide not to renew.
But the Gunners have injury problems at centre-half themselves, with Thomas Vermaelen set to miss the start of the season with a back injury that is rumoured to be more serious than early reports suggest.
Either way, it seems Arsenal will have to move for a defender, and previous good relations with Sociedad, to whom they sold Carlos Vela, may see something happen if the offer is right.
The Spaniard is away on the Asia Tour so any developments are unlikely until the team returns from Japan next week.