Stephan El Shaarawy happy to be linked with Arsenal transfer

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AC Milan forward Stephan El Shaarawy has welcomed speculation linking him with a potential move to Arsenal, but insisted he remains committed to the San Siro.

The Italy international is currently sidelined with a fractured metatarsal injury, and his current focus is on stepping up his recovery to get back in contention for selection in Filippo Inzaghi's struggling side.

Milan have endured a disappointing 2014/15 campaign and lie in tenth place in the Serie 'A' table with 12 games still to play, leading to rumours that the club legend could be sacked at the end of the season.

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Reflecting on Milan's recent plight El Shaarawy gave his backing to Inzaghi, and spoke of his individual short-term goal between now and the summer.

"I am recovering well, later this week I should be removing the cast and then the rehabilitation process can begin," he told

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"I am gratified by Arsenal's interest, certainly, but my objective is to come back for Milan and do well at Milan.

"Inzaghi is too good a person. He is someone who gives 100 per cent and as a player I hope he can take us all out of this difficult situation.

"There are 12 games to go and we must all try to salvage the campaign in a dignified fashion. We are all to blame for this and fully aware we can do better. The next 12 matches are all like cup finals."

With 25 goals and 14 assists in 95 appearances since joining Milan from Genoa in 2011, El Shaarawy has forged a reputation as an exciting young talent, but the 22-year-old has struggled for fitness and form this term and contributed just one goal in 15 league games.

Arsene Wenger's alleged interest in acquiring the talented youngster's signature is somewhat surprising when you consider the wealth of attacking talent already on the books at the Emirates Stadium.

Do Arsenal really need him?

The Gunners squad is awash with fleet-footed forwards capable of playing right across the front line, so it's not exactly clear where El Shaarawy would fit in Wenger's starting XI.

It was reported last week that Milan are in fact looking to offload Il Faraone at the end of the season, but judging by the player's latest comments he is open to staying with the Italian giants for the foreseeable future.

Arsenal fans: Would you like to see Arsene Wenger move for Stephan El Shaarawy in the summer? Or, do you think the Gunners boss needs to address other areas of the first-team squad? Share your thoughts below…

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