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Arsenal And Liverpool Go Head-To-Head Over Belgium Star

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Arsenal will try and scupper Liverpool’s move for Standard Liege midfielder Axel Witsel as the player reveals he wants to play in the Premier League.

The 22-year-old has emerged as a top target for both clubs after he was named Belgium’s player of the year in 2008.

Witsel has spent five years at Liege and, according to his father Thierry, is already planning for his next caeer move.

The promising midfielder made 34 appearances and scored 10 times this season and has already been confirmed on the transfer wish-lists of a number of Serie A sides.

Witsel first came to the attention of Arsenal’s coaching staff when he played for Standard Liege against the north Londoners in two group stage matches of the 2009/10 Champions League.

Members of Liverpool’s scouting network have also been spotted at several Standard matches this season.

The Metro reports Wenger is in pole position to land the Belgium international.

Witsel has spoken to national team-mate Thomas Vermaelen about England and has his heart set on a move to North London.

“I personally hope that this was his last season with Standard as he needs to grow and to do it he needs to leave the country,” Witsel Snr told Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport.

“He doesn’t have a specific target but he has a dream and it’s called Arsenal, but this doesn’t mean that he’s not open to other clubs.’

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