Arsenal have not given up hope of landing Lille wonderkid Eden Hazard in the January transfer window, according to the Daily Star.
The Gunners angered the French champions by coming in for South Korea striker Chu-Young Park at the last moment, when the player was half-way through his medical at the club. The player decided to scrap his final tests and travel to London where he completed his move to Arsenal, prompting Lille president Michel Seydoux to bemoan Wenger’s “distinct lack of class”.
Yet a source tells the Daily Star that a deal is closer than people think: “Negotiating had all but been done but Lille didn’t have a suitable player to come in for Hazard so it fell short. But Arsene will make it happen come January.”
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Wilshere injury setback.
Arsenal’s star midfielder Jack Wilshere is set to be out until December with an ankle injury, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
Wilshere, 19, has stuggled with the injury since June, and the club are not willing to rush the player back before time, for risk of prolonging the injury, or causing longterm damage.
The injury will however create space for two of the Gunners new signings, Yossi Benayoun and Mikel Arteta, signed to replace the departed Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas.
Wenger made Dempsey approach.
Arsenal made a last-minute attempt to sign Fulham forward Clint Dempsey on transfer deadline-day, reports Goal.com.
Talking of the interest, Dempsey, 28, revealed: “Yes there was interest from clubs, including Arsenal, but nothing materialised.”
It is thought that the valuation placed on the United States international was too high for Arsenal to consider pursuing.