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Arsenal should chase Chelsea & United target Sneijder

Sneijder would offer the Gunners even more in attacking midfield. (©GettyImages)
Sneijder would offer the Gunners even more in attacking midfield. (©GettyImages).

Chelsea and Manchester United are the Premier League clubs who have been linked with a move for Wesley Sneidjer, but his arrival at Arsenal would really signal their intent to challenge for the title this season.

It's true to say that an attacking midfielder isn't at the top of the Gunners' transfer agenda, after Arsene Wenger produced a transfer masterstroke in the shape of Mesut Ozil.

And, with Santi Cazorla also on the club's books, it's easy to see why fans would regard the Dutch playmaker as another unnecessary luxury at the Emirates Stadium.

However, the 29-year-old has developed as a player over time, and is now more than capable of working from a wider position rather than through the middle.

That's the key to this suggestion - his ability to play in any of the tree attacking midfield positions in a 4-2-3-1 formation that is so often used by the top teams in the English top flight.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has worked with Sneijder in the past, and it's no surprise to see 'the special one' linked with a move for the player.

And, Dutch coach Louis Van Gaal has also talked up the possibility of the former Real Madrid man moving to Stamford Bridge, suggesting that it's more than just paper talk.

The link to Manchester United seems a little less concrete, with Galatasaray reportedly keen on a swap deal involving Sneijder and Luis Nani.

David Moyes struggled in the summer transfer window, failing to bring a marquee name to old Trafford before securing the services of Marouane Fellaini as the club's only major addition.

Sneijder was linked with a move to Manchester United in the Sir Alex Ferguson era, and if the new boss could lure the former Ajax starlet to the club, then it would be extremely well received by the fans.

The interest of the other big clubs should be a clear indicator to Arsenal that this is the type of player they need to be pursuing if they are to return to the very top of the game both domestically and in Europe.

Wenger had done a fantastic job of bringing young players through the youth system in north London, and now appears ready to sprinkle some quality and experience around these players in an effort to win trophies.

An Ozil-Cazorla-Sneijder combination would also make competition much more fierce at the club, with the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain having to fight harder for their starting spot in the side.

There would of course be difficulties in any possible deal, with a transfer fee and wages two obvious potential stumbling blocks if Arsenal did try and sign Sneijder.

But, hypothetically at least, a move for the Dutchman would be a fantastic option for the Gunners.

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