Emirates ready to allow one striker to leave as another announces his intention to fight for a first team place.
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SERIE A club Chievo Verona are leading the chase to sign Arsenal forward Carlos Vela.
The Mexican, 21, has struggled to nail down a first-team spot since signing for the Gunners in 2005.
And with Arsene Wenger bringing in Andrey Arshavin and Marouane Chamakh, Vela has fallen further down the pecking order.
Chievo Verona hope to finalise a deal next month. (The Sun)
Nicklas Bendtner has insisted he has no intention of leaving Arsenal in January and is vowing to fight for his place.
The Danish forward has found his route to a regular start at Emirates Stadium blocked by the presence of summer signing Marouane Chamakh and has been linked with a winter move away from the club – with the likes of Bayern Munich and Lazio purported to be interested.
Everton manager David Moyes also admitted recently that he would consider a loan move for the striker, who previously spent a successful spell in the Championship with Birmingham City.
“I won’t be loaned out,” Bendtner said. “That’s not going to happen. I’ve got the patience to wait until I get the chance and when I get it I’ll take the starting place that I definitely feel is mine.” (ESPN)
Arsene Wenger has something of a striker quandary to resolve. Both Carlos Vela and Nicklas Bendtner are beginning to feel the effects of never getting regular first team football and the Emirates boss needs to nip their dissatisfaction in the bud.
Danish giant Bendtner is clearly nearer the starting eleven than his Mexican team-mate and it is good to see the 22 year old stating his intentions to fight of his place and his record this season backs up his claims of being good enough to make an impact, having netted four times this season from five starts.
21 year old Vela has barely had a look in since day one and the fact that he has made just three Premier League starts in all his time at the club seems to suggest that he is a player that Wenger can afford to let go and a move to Serie A may well tempt the Cancun born starlet. Chievo currently sit in mid table and could do with some extra firepower having only scored 19 times in 17 games this season.
Vela is thought to be valued at around £8.5m which seems a fair price for a player with undoubted potential.
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