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Arsenal Launch Bid to Sign Chelsea Midfielder Michael Essien On Season Long Loan

Emirates Stadium side keen on Stamford Bridge enforcer.

Arsenal have made an audacious attempt to sign Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien on loan.

Arsene Wenger wants to add a defensive midfielder to his ranks before Friday’s transfer deadline and strides have been taken to recruit the Ghana international on a season-long loan.

Essien is down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge and it is understood Roberto Di Matteo would consider letting him leave on loan.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

A move to bring in a defensive midfielder to the Emirates Stadium is certainly one Arsene Wenger should look to pull off before the transfer window slams shut but one wonders if Chelsea are ready to allow Michael Essien move to a direct Premier League rival.

Arguably Chelsea were willing to send Yossi Benayoun to North London last term as the Israeli wasn’t, and still isn’t, part of Roberto Di Matteo’s first team plans whereas Ghanaian international Essien must surely still figure in the Italian’s plans.

The 29 year old has suffered with injuries and a drop in form and could well be a player Chelsea would consider offers for but would seem to have little to gain by allowing the former Lyon man to join Arsenal on a season long loan deal.

Arsenal have lost the services of Alex Song to Barcelona and Wenger may well not see Emmanuel Frimpong as ready for regular first team football. The North London club have been linked with the likes of Yann M’Vila and Chieck Tiote but as yet have not brought in an enforcer and the Gunners boss would do well to rectify this lack of steel before the transfer window closes.

Essien has made 248 appearances for Chelsea since he moved to the West London club seven years ago.


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