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Arsenal fail to meet Khedira's wage demands

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Arsenal's interest in Sami Khedira is officially over after the the club failed to meet his wage demands.

According to Metro, the German apparently refused a new contract at his current club Real Madrid and the Spanish giants have said he can leave for around £20 million.

With various numbers being thrown around in the press causing high levels of speculation, it seems that everyone can move on with the matter finally settled.

Khedira showed in Brazil last month his undoubted qualities as the complete midfielder and surely this is not the best news for the Gunners.

However Arsene Wenger played down the news that his club were not signing the World Cup winner in a press conference, suggesting that "we were never close to signing him," and "we have too many box-to-box offensive type players in our squad."

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Chambers could be the answer

Wenger's singing of Calum Chambers for £16 million is widely regarded as an incredibly shrewd bit of business by the French manager, especially bearing in mind his versatility.

The disappointment of missing out on Sami Khedira, despite the Arsenal manager not seeming to care, could be filled by the Southampton academy graduate who has all the qualities to excel in a defensive midfield role. There is no questioning the 19-year-old's talent who most tip to be more than worth the hefty sum the club paid the Saints for his services.

The Hampshire born player, who made 21 appearances for Southampton across the previous two seasons, has represented England at Under 17 and Under 19 level collecting a combined total of 24 caps and five goals.

Other alternatives

Wenger probably has a point in saying that his team have a lot of options in Khedira's favourite position. Club captain Mikel Arteta tends to be the favoured choice to marshal proceedings in midfield; Jack Wilshere and Abou Diaby could also play that role very easily when fit of course (which is not very often).

Mathieu Flamini, the French midfield destroyer, would like have to be considered despite not quite having the same attacking qualities as Arteta or Wilshere for example. Time is not on his side though and at 30-years-old others will probably be considered ahead of him.

New Gooners

Alexis Sanchez has easliy been Arsenal's biggest and best transfer this summer who signed for a fee of around £35 million from Barcelona.

The Chilean alongside Mesut Ozil is a mouthwatering prospect for fans and the club as a whole. This should fill the North Londoners with optimism with the new season just around the corner.

Mathieu Debuchy was brought in from Newcastle to replace Bacary Sagna who left the club for Manchester City - a journey that numerous other Arsenal players have embarked on. The French right back cost around £12 million.

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