Especially if Alexander Hleb continues to flirt with every decent club on the continent. Have Arsenal been lacking a bit of width this season, it’s not quite like the days of Ljungberg and Pires giving opposition full-backs a nightmare. While Fabregas and Flamini have regularly bossed matters in the middle of the park, the likes of Eboue, Van Persie and Walcott have not made the same impact from the flanks.
The Daily Telegraph reports that the Gunners’ wide problems could be partially solved if Lyon are prepared to sell Hatem Ben Arfa, the French winger who’s caused a stir in Le Championnat this season. It’s clear that Monsieur Wenger would be prepared to bid for the player, especially with a number of summer exits on the cards.
“If he is for sale, then we are very interested,” Wenger said.
“He is a great player and Arsenal is a potential destination for any great player.”
Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira will certainly second that! It also appears that the player is unsettled, especially as he’s been benched for the past three Lyon matches.
“I am not happy with my current situation at Lyon. I am a competitor and I want to play in matches.”
One, two, three, four, I suspect a bidding war, with Manchester United also rumoured to be interested.