Arsene Wenger wants to bring in a playmaker to replace Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas before the transfer window closes. The Arsenal manager has said he wants three new faces and a central midfielder is a new player he desperately needs.
According to Sunday’s newspapers, Everton’s Mikel Arteta has emerged as a target of the French manager. Having missed out on Porto’s Lucho Gonzalez, Wenger has now turned to other options and Arteta seems a good candidate considering his knowledge of the Premier League having played over 150 times for Everton and scoring 26 times.
The deal would not involve any cash it seems as Nicklas Bendtner could move in the opposite direction. The Danish striker has publicly stated his desire to leave the Emirates and Wenger has said he will move on. David Moyes has expressed his interest in the striker but the financial situation at Goodison Park has meant Moyes cannot buy any players. Arsenal are looking to take advantage of Everton’s financial difficulties and could get Arteta at a cut down price with the swap for Bendtner.
A swap deal would suit both clubs but it is likely that Everton will demand Bendnter plus cash for the 29 year old Spaniard. One difficulty that the deal could run into is Bendtner’s high wage demands. His high demands have reportedly deterred any bids from Sunderland, Newcastle and Sporting Lisbon.
In other Arsenal news, the Gunners are poised to sign Park Chu-Young from Monaco. The South Korean striker is set to undergo a medical in the next 24 hours. French champions Lille has said they had agreed medical terms with the striker and he was set to join the French club before Wenger swooped.
By Ryan Bailey, @ryanbaileysport