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Arsenal want £18m swap deal: Why is Wenger really THAT interested?

Wenger apparently wants to launch a last-ditch attempt to sign this Aston Villa midfielder after Liverpool’s interest was supposedly ended.

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Arsenal could also renew their interest in Gareth Barry in a player-exchange deal with Villa. (The Sun)

Arsenal are weighing up stepping in for Aston Villa midfielder Gareth Barry after Liverpool failed to agree terms before a 5pm deadline yesterday. (tribalfootball.com)

Martin O’Neill‘s deadline to Rafa regarding the on/off Barrygate saga has come and gone, although this hasn’t ended speculation about a move to Anfield. However, Arsenal have reportedly upped their interest in the England man, and a bid for the £18m-rated 27-year-old reportedly includes a player exchange which has led many to guess exactly which Emirates stars could be considered as part of such a deal.

Justin Hoyte has attracted the interest of the Midlands club before, as have others, but it’s clear that the lion’s share of any deal would come in the form of a hefty cash bid. Do Gunners fans think that their boss should put so much effort into chasing the Villa man?

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