Argentine international issues Arsenal plea

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Out-of-favour Marseille playmaker Lucho Gonzalez has alerted Arsenal to his availability after the player’s agent revealed he was desperate to leave the Ligue 1 outfit.

The Gunners were reportedly interested in Lucho over the summer, with boss Arsene Wenger admitting he had attempted to engineer a loan move before the transfer window snapped shut.

Lucho, who has gone up against Arsenal in the Champions League this season, remained coy over his future earlier in the week, saying he would “continue at Marseille” for the time being but admitted he would be open to a move should a “good club” come in for him.

The Argentinian has endured a frustrating season so far having fallen out of favour with Marseille boss Didier Deschamps, and his agent Federico Simonian expects him to head for pastures new when the January transfer window opens.

"He wants to leave," Simonian told L'Equipe. "He wants to play in a championship that is better than Ligue 1."

Interest from Arsenal appears to have cooled while Malaga, who were also keen on the midfielder, are also undecided on whether to go back in for him.

The Gunners may consider making an approach during the transfer window if they can lure him to the Emirates for a reduced fee, given his spell on the sidelines at the Stade VĂ©lodrome.

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