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Arsenal Linked With Shock £22m Manchester City Pair Swoop: Wenger Interested In De Jong and Wright-Phillips

by Christian Bailey


Emirates boss keen on unwanted Eastlands duo.

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June 28, 2010 - South Africa - Football - Holland v Slovakia FIFA World Cup Second Round - South Africa 2010 - Durban Stadium, Durban, South Africa - 28/6/10..Holland's Nigel De Jong and Slovakia's Robert Vittek (R) in action.

Arsene Wenger is reportedly ready to make a move for unwanted Manchester City pair Nigel de Jong and Shaun Wright Phillips this summer. The Eastlands duo are both very much surplus to requirements under Roberto Mancini’s reign and would both presumably jump at the chance of a move to the north London side.

With the Gunners boss apparently keen to bring in more steel for the centre of his midfield a move for Dutch international de Jong would be a decent addition and would help provide support for the likes of Alex Song who was more than able to do a good job last term as the club’s best defensive midfielder.

The 25 year old is currently on World Cup duty where he is a regular first team choice for Bert van Marwijk and appears to have no future at the City of Manchester Stadium after just 17 months at the club.

Shaun Wright Phillips is another player who doesn’t appear to be rated by his Italian boss and at 28 he can ill afford to sit on the bench all season and after experiencing a similar fate at Stamford Bridge he will not want to continue at Man City with no hope of a future. He could however be a useful addition at the Emirates where his ability to play in a number of positions could come in very handy indeed.

The pair have a great deal of top level experience, something the Gunners could do with, and would cost in the region of £22m, a fee that Arsenal could easily afford.

Previous interest shown in the pair Shaun Wright-Phillips could be on his way to dad Ian Wright’s old club Arsenal in a cut-price £5m deal.

Arsene Wenger is ready to bid for the disgruntled winger, whose place at Eastlands has been taken by sensation Adam Johnson (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City midfielder Nigel De Jong is set to be ushered to the exit at Eastlands. (


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