Arsenal ready to make bid for wantaway Paris Saint-Germain star

Arsenal have emerged as a surprise possible destination for Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta, after reports suggested the 32-year-old hoped to leave Parc des Princes, according to the Metro.

The Metro suggest that Arsene Wenger has become interested in the 32-year-old after missing out on both Geoffrey Kondogbia and Morgan Schneiderlin, who joined Inter Milan and Manchester United respectively. Motta’s agent also hinted that a move could be on the cards (via Metro).

However, he does not fulfil the usual criteria with which Wenger uses when trying to find new potential new signings. Apart from the acquisition of Petr Cech – although goalkeepers are able to enjoy much more longevity – the Frenchman has rarely gone after players who are heading into the final years of their career.

Nevertheless, the signings of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, and now Cech in recent seasons has represented a slight compromise on his principles. The exciting youngsters that are either coming through the ranks, or are brought in from outside are now supported by quality players, who are able to lead the way based on their experience at the highest level. Motta would certainly be able to bring the knowledge of how to win trophies with him.

He has won the Champions League twice, and recently helped Laurent Blanc’s men achieve the domestic treble. That ability to know what it will take to get across the line is arguably the only thing denying a promising Arsenal side from winning more silverware.

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