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Arsenal to step up £18m star bid: Might be just what Arsene needs!

As Wenger ponders his side’s average display against West Bromwich Albion, he is also said to be considering another move for this Liverpool midfielder.

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Arsenal have opened talks with Liverpool over a move for Xabi Alonso, it is being reported.
The Gunners are searching for an experienced midfielder after selling Mathieu Flamini, Alex Hleb and Gilberto this summer.
Arsene Wenger believes Alonso is his man, and the two clubs are currently discussing a deal.
However, the Spain international played in Liverpool’s Champions League qualifier against Standard Liege in midweek.
This means he is cup-tied in the competition until February, and that may affect the final transfer fee. (4thegame.co.uk)

ARSENAL boss Arsene Wenger may step up his interest in Liverpool’s Xabi Alonso after media reports claim that the Spaniard has become disillusioned at Anfield.
The News of the World claims that while the 26-year-old would love to remain on Merseyside, he is unhappy with manager Rafa Benitez’s continued pursuit of Gareth Barry.
Despite the Reds board’s refusal to meet Aston Villa’s £18million valuation, Benitez appears set to go to war to sign his man even though it is thought to be unsettling Alonso.
And the Gunners, who have been linked with the midfielder, could make a move. The only snag is that Kop fans gave Alonso huge support in the midweek Champions League fixture against Standard Liege, which may well prove a snag for Wenger as the player is now cup-tied from Europe.
However with the search still on for reinforcements at the Emirates, Wenger may still make a move. (Waltham Forest Guardian)

Alonso looked pretty sharp after he came on against Sunderland, he almost pulled off another halfway line finish and showed that he still had a lot to offer. However, Rafa doesn’t seem that bothered if he leaves and indeed would be thankful for the money from his sale according to many reports. Having already played in the Champions League may of course prove very problematic but could this instead bring the price of the Spaniard down to a level that the Arsenal boss may consider move appropriate.

Arsene is said to value Xabi in the £12-£14m bracket. It’s a deal that could well be struck but would it happen before the end of the month or is it one that is more likely in January? Do Arsenal fans like the idea of a Alonso move and do Liverpool fans hope that Benitez keeps their mercurial midfielder?

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