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Arsenal Prepare Shock Bid for £12m Rated French International: Wenger Considers Long Awaited Move for Ben Arfa

Emirates boss keen on signing long admired winger.

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French national soccer team player Hatem Ben Arfa arrives at the French soccer team training base in Clairefontaine-en Yvelines, near Paris, France on August 9, 2010, two days ahead of the friendly match against Norway. Photo by Henri Szwarc/Cameleon/ABACAPRESS.COM Photo via Newscom

Arsenal are rumoured to be readying a bid to bring Marseille’s want away attacker Hatem Ben Arfa to the Emirates. Arsene Wenger has long been a fan of the talented adaptable French international and now that OM boss Didier Deschamps has admitted that the 23 year old is set to leave the club it appears that the Gunners boss is toying with the idea of making a move for the £12m rated former Lyon star.

Having fallen out with his club over their insistence on refusing him the chance of a Premier League move, Ben Arfa then went on a one man strike forcing his Ligue 1 club into a corner that they are now trying to get themselves out of. The reigning French champions didn’t want to lose the talented Clairefontaine graduate but it seems he set his heart on a move elsewhere and when the club’s captain Mamadou Niang left the club for Fenerbache it appears his mind was made up.

Newcastle United were said to be looking to bring the player on loan but now it seems that the French club wants to seal a permanent deal to take Ben Arfa from the club and perhaps the timing is right for the Gunners to strike.

Whilst the club has a fair few wingers the Marseille man may be a prize signing that Wenger will find hard to pass up, especially as his sides attack looked fairly jaded at Anfield in a game where they found it hard to create many clear cut chances.

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