Tottenham and Arsenal set to do battle over France’s 15 million top young player

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With Spurs already failing in one attempted bid, and the player himself admitting to have discussed a move to Arsenal, Lyon star Hatem Ben Arfa’s latest comments may be the proverbial ‘come and get me’ plea:

“Whatever happens, I would like to thank all the fans, who always supported me,” he told reporters.

“But what is meant to happen, will happen.

Hardly encouraging words for Lyon’s fans but a door opener for pretty much everyone else. Pacy, tricky and with a great football brain Ben Arfa is one of France’s bright young talents, combining well with Karim Benzema this season to devastating effect, claiming Ligue 1’s young player of the season to boot.

Both clubs could use more pace and creativity, and with Arsenal already picking up Samir Nasri and Spurs signing Luca Modric – it could be a case of which manager can convince the board to stump up another near-record transfer fee.

Is Ben Arfa the answer for either club’s questions this summer?

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