Arsenal Prepare £15m Move for Cultured Midfielder: Ideal Replacement for Exit Bound Arshavin?

Arsene Wenger looking to bring another French international to the Emirates Stadium.

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Olympique Marseille playmaker Mathieu Valbuena is interesting Arsenal.

Valbuena has also been linked with Manchester United and has confessed a big ambition to play in England.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has sent scouts to monitor the 5ft 6in attacker’s progress in Ligue 1 where he has made 31 appearances this season returning four goals and four assists.

The France international’s attacking style could see him being lined up as a replacement for Andrey Arshavin or Tomas Rosicky who have both been linked with moves away from the Emirates.

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Whilst it is no surprise that Arsene Wenger finds himself linked with another Frenchman a move for Mathieu Valbuena may well make a great deal of sense. The cultured Marseille man, who can play in various roles across the midfield, is now apparently seen as a potential replacement for Andrei Arshavin, who had a very average season last term and may well be heading back to Russia according to some sources.

Valbuena is a pint sized French international who can still hold his own physically and would in my view have no issue in terms of the more robust Premier League and is also reportedly a target for Man United boss Sir Alex Ferguson. Having seen his Marseille side failing to retain their Ligue 1 title the 26 year old may well be open to a move to North London.

Wenger is fighting to keep some of his star performers at the club with the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri strongly linked with moves away from the Emirates Stadium and the Gunners boss is also ready to let under performing midfielder Denilson, and possible Tomas Rosicky, leave the club in order to make space for new additions that club desperately need following six seasons without silverware.

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