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Arsene Wenger denies Arturo Vidal interest

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has denied he is interested in signing Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal.

The Chilean has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League in recent months, and reports from his home country seemed to suggest that the Gunners were closing in on a deal.

Vidal's agent, who also represents Alexis Sanchez, was present at Wembley on Saturday as Arsenal lifted the FA Cup for the second year in a row thanks to a 4-0 win against Aston Villa which sparked further rumours that a deal could be on the cards.

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Today reports in Italy say that Manchester United are back in the race for the Juventus ace - but Wenger insists that his team aren't in the running.

He told reporters: "We have good midfielders, and at the moment we are not looking at Arturo Vidal."

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Wenger has previously been quoted admitting that he 'liked' Vidal but he is likely to have more pressing concerns in the summer transfer market.

The Frenchman decided to drop Olivier Giroud for the final victory which has sparked speculation that he is in the market for a new forward. Porto's Jackson Martinez has been suggested as the man for the job, while Edinson Cavani has also been suggested as a target.

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Wenger also has problems in goal and faces a tough decision over the future of Wojciech Szczesny. The Polish international insisted at the club's victory parade yesterday that he wanted to remain in north London - however that decision may be taken out of his hands thanks to the form of David Ospina.

"I am very grateful for the manager, he has been good with me over these last couple of months and has shown all the faith in the world in me and I am very thankful for the chance to play in the cup final and am very glad of a clean sheet," Szczesny said.

"You (media) like to speculate, but I am happy where I am. I have got all the support in the world from the manager and I have fantastic relations with him, so you can stop the gossip now because I am here for good. I will stay."

The Gunners have been repeatedly linked with a host of midfielders in the past including Sami Khedira and William Carvalho, however Wenger appears to be prioritising other areas as he looks to challenge for the title next season.

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Arsenal do indeed need a player like Vidal, but the emergence of Francis Coquelin certainly lessens that need. Wenger will likely focus all his energy and resources into landing a forward in the upcoming window and then see how the land lies in 12 months time. 

Petr Cech is likely to be a solution in goal if Arsenal can prise him away from Chelsea - if Wenger is able to solve those two problem positions then he'll have one hell of a team on his hands.

What does Wenger need more - a goalkeeper, midfielder or forward?

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