Arsenal come PAINFULLY close to last-gasp £16m STAR

Well, apparently Arsene tried hard to seal the deal for this Liverpool star but just failed to bid enough for Rafa’s liking!

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The Independent has reported that Arsenal tried to sign Xabi Alonso just before the transfer deadline, submitting an improved offer believed to be around £14million.
Yesterday Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez had reiterated that Spanish international midfielder Alonso was not for sale, although it is thought was always prepared to deal if a would-be buying club met his valuation of the player.
Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger had admitted the Gunners needed an experienced midfielder and had hinted that a deadline day deal or two might well materialise. In the event, none did, though Wenger has also stressed that he believes his existing squad is strong enough to challenge for major honours.(

The Gunners fans had been promised at least one more big name a few weeks back but it appears that the clock ran out on this bid. Even though Benitez has said that Xabi is part of his long-term Anfield plans it’s worth noting that for most of the summer the Spanish supremo had been trying to offload him to all and sundry! Are Arsenal fans disappointed they failed to bring anyone in on deadline day or do they think they have enough talent in their line-up to challenge for the big honours and end their three-year silverware drought? Do Liverpool supporters think that Xabi deserves to be in the starting 11 on a regular basis?

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