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Stephan El Shaarawy back on Arsenal's summer transfer radar

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Arsenal are ready to revive their interest in Stephan El Shaarawy this summer, despite the fact the AC Milan striker has managed to score just one goal all season.

The 22-year-old has struggled for fitness and form at the San Siro this campaign, but that hasn't deterred Arsene Wenger from making a prospective bid.

The Italy international was heavily linked with a move to the Emirates during the winter window but a transfer never materialised. However, the Gunners are considering going back in for him.

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According to the Daily Telegraph, an offer of £11.8 million will be enough to convince the Serie 'A' giants to cash-in on a player that hasn't featured for Pippo Inzaghi's side since their 3-1 defeat against Lazio at the end of January.

"I've had some requests from abroad, even in January," confirmed his agent Manuel El Shaarawy in an interview with MilanNews. "But Stephan is at home with Milan and doesn't feel the need to leave.

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"He has a good relationship with the fans, the club and his teammates. We'll see what happens in the summer though.

"It depends on whether the coach will stay, if there will be changes at boardroom level and especially what the club plans to do on the transfer market.

"If Milan were to tell us that Stephan needs to go elsewhere then we'd sit round the table and talk about it."

El Shaarawy was recently linked with a loan move to Genoa, but a permanent sale is likely to be much more appealing, particularly if Arsenal are prepared to pay such a significant fee.

"To my knowledge, [joint-CEO Adriano] Galliani has not offered Stephan to Genoa," added his representative. "I haven't had any proposals from [Genoa President Enrico] Preziosi or Galliani to bring my brother to Genoa.

"I can rule out a move within Italy this summer. There have also been rumours about Udinese and Torino in January, as well as the Rossoblu. All can be excluded as options - Stephan will not go to another Italian team."

In defence of Mesut Ozil

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has leapt to the defence of Mesut Ozil after the German playmaker was pictured in a Berlin nightclub hours after being declared too unwell to play against Newcastle.

Ozil was allegedly spotted with a group of friends at The Pearl nightclub for an anniversary event, but the Gunners boss reassured reporters the midfielder had only popped out for half an hour to wish a friend a happy birthday.

Theo Walcott update

Arsenal are confident they will reach agreement with Theo Walcott over an extension to his current contract, despite recent reports linking the England international with a move away from the Emirates Stadium.

With just over 12 months remaining on his existing deal, Arsene Wenger is ready to enter into negotiations with the fleet-footed forward, but he shouldn't expect much of an increase on the £100,000-a-week he already earns.

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