Could this £9m Premier League STAR be heading for Arsenal?

News of a Chelsea player being unsettled has led many journalists to put one and one together to get three, or maybe there is some validity to this spiralling rumour. What do you think?

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Cote D’Ivoire international Salomon Kalou has declared himself ready to leave Chelsea should he fail to win a place in Luiz Felipe Scolari’s first eleven. Kalou has found game-time at a premium under Scolari, who took over coaching duties this summer.

The Ivorian has yet to start in the Premier League under the new regime and has been limited to two substitute appearances this season.

Kalou revealed that he is working hard to win a place in the line-up and learning from his experiences in London. However, he hinted that if the situation remained the same in the future, he may seek a Stamford Bridge exit.

He told Setanta Sports: “Of course I practice hard to have opportunities, but the manager’s decisions must be respected, even if I’m here to play.

“It’s up to me to work twice as hard at training, and to be honest I try to give my best in order to improve my football. Hopefully it’s going to pay off.

“I don’t know what my future consists of, the season is still long. It’s too early to take a decision right now.

“When a young player arrives at Chelsea he’s happy to learn, and then you can have the opportunity to grow in another club or in here.

“As a young player I am aware of the fact that I have to make the perfect choice and at some point of my career I’ll have to accept to fly with my own wings.”

Chelsea’s Brazilian coach Scolari revealed in August that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had once been interested in acquiring the services of Kalou. It remains to be seen if a bid will be forthcoming from the Emirates in January. (

£9m-rated winger/striker Kalou is an exciting player who always has fans on the edge of their seats, but a certain amount of inconsistency from the 23-year-old seems to be holding him back a little at Stamford Bridge. Whether Wenger was interested in the past may of course be totally irrelevant in the present but he is the kind of player that Arsene likes. He has vision, pace and is adaptable and therefore these rumours are not without some grounding in possibility. However, it is unlikely that Chelsea would sell to one of their rivals so he could end up sticking around to fight for his place at the west London club. Do Arsenal fans think that Kalou would fit in well at the Emirates?

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