Jamie Redknapp claims Nemanja Matic would be perfect fit at Arsenal

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Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic would've been a perfect fit for Arsenal, according to Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp. (Sky Sports)

The former England international identified Matic as the man that Arsene Wenger has been looking for, as his search for a world-class defensive midfielder to bring to the Emirates continues.

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The Serbian star returned to Stamford Bridge in a £21m deal in January and has proven his worth with a series of commanding performances for Jose Mourinho's side.

His specialist position is the one area of the team that the Gunners are severely lacking, and Redknapp feels that adding a player of Matic's quality would make Arsenal genuine title contenders this season.

The high-profile acquisition of Alexis Sanchez and additional captures of Mathieu Debuchy, David Ospina and Calum Chambers has strengthened Wenger's squad considerably, but they are still one signing away from challenging on all fronts.

Arsenal transfer gossip

Arsenal are ready to renew their interest in Sami Khedira after Real Madrid lowered their demands for the player by 50 per cent. (London Metro)

The Gunners had negotiated a £24 million fee with the Spanish giants as recently as last week, but we're ultimately put off by the Germany international's extravagant wage demands.

Now that he's available for half the price, a potential switch to the Emirates Stadium is back on, with Arsene Wenger keen to recruit a world-class defensive midfielder.

Alan Pardew has confirmed that Newcastle have rejected two “derisory” offers for Cheick Tiote, amid speculation the midfielder is a late transfer window target for Arsenal. (Daily Mirror)

Both the Gunners and Lokomotiv Moscow are reported to be keen on the Ivory Coast international, but the Magpies want at least £14 million for his signature.

Cork City have confirmed they have accepted a bid for Arsenal target Brian Lenihan, the Republic of Ireland U21 international tipped for a bright future in the game. (Daily Star)

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger sent scouts to run the rule over the defender on numerous occasions last season, but he looks set to miss out on the player's signature after it emerged Brighton & Hove Albion were close to agreeing a deal.

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