Wenger admires playmaker.
Arsenal are preparing a £12 million bid for Sunderland’s attacking midfielder Stephane Sessegnon.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is a huge admirer of the tiny Frenchman and has identified him as a potential replacement for outbound Russian Andrei Arshavin.
Sessegnon, 28, has taken the Premier League in his stride since then Black Cats boss Steve Bruce signed him from Paris Saint-Germain in January 2011.
The Benin international, who has 37 caps for his country, has scored ten league goals in 42 appearances for Sunderland and has caught the eye of the Premier League big boys with a string of fine performances.
Wenger is in the market for an attacking midfielder, with inconsistent Andrei Arshavin set to join Zenit St Petersburg after Euro 2012.
Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill is reluctant to lose Sessegnon but a £12 million offer may tempt the Ulsterman to cash in on the star.