This source believes the Emirates boss hasn’t finished spending just yet.
Three years after first being linked with Marseille midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa, Arsene Wenger is reportedly close to finally getting his man. According to Metro, Arsenal have made an approach to the French outfit although there’s no official confirmation from either club. But sources in France, most notably respected TV broadcaster TF1, have said that the Gunners have offered Marseille £12m for the services of the 23-year-old Ben Arfa – capped eight times by France – who in recent weeks has been rumoured to be on his way to Newcastle and Liverpool.
It was back in 2007 that Arfa (then playing for Lyon) was first mentioned as a possible target for Wenger and three years down the line – and with Arsenal facing a midfield crisis with Sami Nasri and Emmanuel Frimpong both out injured – it appears a deal is in the pipeline. Marseille sporting director Jose Anigo has told French sports daily L’Equipe that Ben Arfa “has a choice between two or three clubs, but we also have to find an agreement with the club, which is not the case so far.”
Meanwhile, according to Italian website Calcio Mercato Web, another midfielder is on Wenger’s radar, the French-born Algerian Hassan Yebda. (First Post)
Now that Arsene Wenger has completed the signing of a much needed centre back he is apparently all set to pump more funds into a squad strengthening exercise and with that in mind is apparently all ready to push on with a move for long standing target, Marseille wantaway attacker Hatem Ben Arfa. Some may feel that the signing of yet another attacking player may not be exactly what the club needs right now but this source begs to differ.
A move for Hassan Yebda makes more positional sense but is the former Portsmouth loanee really up for the task of representing a top four side? Some would argue not. The Algerian played all three games for his nation at the World Cup last summer and the inclusion of another defensive midfielder is at least a potential area of his squad Wenger would like to add weight to but the 26 year old may not be quite what the north London club is after.
One thing is for sure and that is that the Gunners have money to spend and time is running out for new additions in this transfer window so who knows what might happen.