Emirates Stadium boss ready to make moves for experienced and capable talents.
Arsene Wenger is planning an ambitious double swoop to sign a talented French and Dutch international pair to help strengthen his Arsenal midfield according to the Daily Star.
The Gunners boss is apparently desperate to add some steel to add balance to a midfield that has an abundance of creative talent who could well do with protecting.
So to that end the Arsenal manager is to push on with advances for Toulouse powerhouse Etienne Capoue a player this source believes could be picked up for a fee of around £10m. The 24 year old has arguably outgrown his Ligue 1 side and would probably jump at the chance of joining his national team colleagues Laureny Koscielny, Bacary Sagna, Abou Diaby and Olivier Giroud at the North London club.
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The one club man has been at the Stade Municipal side since 2005 and has made over 150 appearances and been in a rich vein of form that led to a first senior national team cap last year.
Arsene Wenger has also set his sights on versatile Dutch international Urby Emanuelson who has failed to retain a regular spot in AC Milan’s first team set-up since his move to the San Siro two years ago.
As with many products of the Ajax youth academy, Emanuelson is comfortable on the ball and the adaptable talent is said to have been on Arsene Wenger’s radar for many years and now the Arsenal boss is seeking to land the long term target.
Urby Emanuelson can play in a variety of positions including both at left back and further up on the left flank and is also an effective central midfielder as well as something of a set-piece specialist.
Emanuelson racked up 240 appearances for Ajax before his move to Italy and has collected 16 national team caps and has been a regular during Louis van Gaal’s World Cup qualifying campaign.