Arsenal set to fail in £25m Italian playmaker chase

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Arsenal are set to miss out on highly-rated Italian playmaker Stephan El Shaarawy.

The versatile 20-year-old – who can play in both midfield and up-front – was linked with a £25 million move from AC Milan to the Emirates Stadium earlier in the week by The Daily Mail after comments from Arsene Wenger.

However, the player has moved quickly to distance himself from speculation over a switch away from the San Siro, insisting he’s happy with life in Milan and eager to continue scoring goals for his current club.

“I am having a good time this season. I am scoring a lot of goals,” he told the official club station, according to The Daily Express.

“Hopefully this situation goes on for as long as possible. Do I aspire to the Capocannoniere? Well, staying ahead of the likes of Miroslav Klose and Edinson Cavani is a good feeling.”

Wenger believed El Shaarawy would fit into the philosophy of how Arsenal should play football, according to the Express report, with the Frenchman highlighting the former Genoa starlet as a player who could add a different dimension at the Emirates Stadium.

But, after scoring 14 goals so far in the current Serie ‘A’ campaign, El Shaarawy is showing no interest in a move to north London, and the Arsenal boss may have to take his transfer search elsewhere.

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