Yes he is a name oft mentioned in relation to Arsene Wenger, and not just because he is young and he’s French! Now this source has found other reasons for the potential swoop for Hatem Ben Arfa.
Reports in France are suggesting that Arsene Wenger is preparing to raid Lyon for starlet Hatem Ben Arfa.
Lyon have been in contract talks with Ben Arfa for some time now, but these have become more and more dragged out. In recent months he has been used less frequently and a reported bust up with team-mate Karim Benzema has made it increasingly likely that he will be leaving the Stade Gerland.
The tricky winger is seen as a long term replacement on the wing as concerns grow over the fitness of Tomas Rosicky. The Gunners boss is looking to spend in the summer. (East London and West Essex Guardian)
The common feeling amongst Arsenal fans seems to be that Wenger needs to splash the cash this summer, not in any crazy Chelsea type way, but that one or two class players should be drafted in to bring along a squad who has impressed greatly this season up until the recent stumble that has seen them fall away from the title reckoning.
Clearly it is only a small tweak that is needed at the Emirates and not major surgery and Ben Arfa looks very much like a player in the Wenger mould, would Gunners fans rejoice at his signing or are improvements needed elsewhere on the park?