Arsene Wenger Eyes Up Straight Swap Deal For Aston Villa Star

Emirates boss wants to swap one wide-man for Villa Park’s equivalent.

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is contemplating offering Andrey Arshavin for Aston Villa winger Stewart Downing in a straight swap deal.

The Gunners boss is looking to freshen up his squad this summer and sees Downing as the ideal player to offer more natural width down the left-flank.

The 26-year-old yesterday confirmed he will not be signing a new contract with the Midlands club and wants to move to realise his ambition of playing in the Champions League.

With only two-years left on his current deal the Villa Park board may decide to cash in on him now while his re-sale value is still high.

But Wenger will not be held to ransom over the fee and believes £10million-rated midfielder Arshavin will be an adequate switch.

The 29-year-old has endured a torrid season and has left his manager and fans frustrated at several lazy performances.

The Russian international is said to a target for former club Zenit St Petersburg and Juventus but no bids have yet emerged.

Villa caretaker manager Gary McAllister is rumoured to be interested in taking Arshavin as part of a deal but would want cash on top to meet their £15million valuation of Downing.

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