Gunners look to form English-Belgian alliance

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Arsenal are to meet with Belgian Pro League outfit Anderlecht for a second time this month to discuss a potential player-exchange deal between the two clubs.

The Gunners have been involved in similar relationships previously, most notably with Beveren between 2001 and 2006, and more recently with Celta Vigo and UD Salamanca.

It's served Arsenal well in the past, giving Wenger the opportunity to send players away on loan, often while waiting for players to become eligible for English football due to work permit issues.

Anderlecht, a club who regularly compete at European level, would be a step-up in calibre compared to previous deals, and would also give the Emirates outfit an advantage were they looking to sign any of the Belgian side's promising young talent.

However, this would not be the case for highly-rated forward Romelu Lukaku, who has been linked with a host of clubs across Europe including Arsenal.


“It is interesting for both parties,” Herman van Holsbeeck, general manager of Anderlecht, told

“I know they (Arsenal) have a lot of good players that can play at a club who are in the Champions League or Europa League every year, play in competition every three days and where there is also a lot of pressure.

“For the moment nothing is decided. I was there a month ago and I will be back in a couple of weeks. I hope we can do something. That is what we both want.”

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