Emirates Stadium side linked with Stadium of Light duo.
Kieran Richardson could head a summer clear-out at Sunderland as Martin O’Neill looks to cash in before the player is out of contract.
The 27-year-old will have a year left on his deal at the end of the season and it remains uncertain whether he will sign fresh terms.
O’Neill is reluctant to allow the former England international to enter the final year of his contract and will be prepared to listen to offers for his services.
Richardson was considered by Arsene Wenger in the January transfer window as Arsenal weighed up options to cover at left back and midfield.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
SUNDERLAND’S Stephane Sessegnon is being lined up for a new Arsenal double act with Robin van Persie.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is considering an offer in the region of £20million for the attacking midfielder (left), who has been likened to Thierry Henry.
Arsenal fans will be looking to Arsene Wenger to invest in his Emirates Stadium squad in the summer, this will become all the more pressing an issue if the North London club do not manage to secure a top four finish and indeed the targeting of two Sunderland players would appear to be a move more befitting a Europa League challenge than a move forwards.
No disrespect meant to the Black Cats, who have been excellent since the arrival of Martin O’Neill, but neither of the two players named by this source are better than what is already available to Wenger now.
This source values Kieran Richardson at around £6m, which is a decent price and perhaps reflects the fact that the former Man United man has just over a year to run on his current contract, but even though such a move would represent good value for money the adaptable midfielder would surely not appease Gunners fans who want to see the club bring in top notch talent to bring an end to what will undoubtedly become seven season without silverware.
There are a number of under-performing players in Wenger’s squad, most notably Andrei Arshavin, Sebastien Squillaci, Marouane Chamakh, Theo Walcott, Tomas Rosicky and Aaron Ramsey and the Frenchman may look to listen to offers for a number of his Arsenal side but not so he can then use such funds to bring in two players who whilst in good form, are not really players befitting a side looking to retain a spot in the top four.
Stephane Sessegnon has improved a great deal in his second season at the Stadium of Light but a £20m valuation, as place by The Express is simply ridiculous and one wonders if such stories are simply created due to the fact that Arsenal did battle with the North-East side twice in recent weeks.