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Arsenal in for Marseille defensive midfielder Giannelli Imbula.

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The loss of Abou Diaby from the ranks of the Arsenal squad has seen an interest develop in suitable replacements.

Even though Diaby seemed a perpetual crock and never off the treatment table - there were always great hopes at the Emirates that Diaby would one day rise like Lazarus and go on to become the player Arsene Wenger and Arsenal always knew he would become.

Sadly, that never materialised, and although Wenger and Arsenal gave him every chance to recover from his various accumulative injuries they eventually had to make a decision about his future with the club. This close season saw them release him (although, they allow him to continue to train at the club) he is now in effect, no longer an Arsenal player. 

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Because of this, efforts have been stepped-up to find his replacement. Although not a like-for-like replacement - Diaby was (when fit) an all-round midfielder who could play in a number of midfield roles. Giannelli Imbula is more of a specialist in the holding midfield role - similar in fact, to Francis Coquelin.

Coquelin emerged as one of the truly great finds of the season for Arsenal when Wenger took a gamble and decided to play him in defensive midfield towards the back-half of the season where he shone.

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Arsene Wenger is looking to bolster his squad options and rack-up competition for places, as he looks to make a bold effort on the Premier League this coming season, so it's no great surprise that he is looking at various options. Again, it's all down to value-for-money and whether Wenger can broker a deal at the right price for the player and his terms.

22-year-old Marseilles player Giannelli Imbula is believed to be valued at around £11 million. If so, it would represent good value to Wenger as long as the players demands are reasonable. It looks like Arsenal are not stopping with a deal for Petr Cech - Arturo Vidal has been tipped to join the club for a reputed £21 million from his current Italian club Juventus.

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It would be quite a coup to snatch both Vidal and Imbula from the clutches of Ronald Koeman and Southampton. Many Arsenal fans will be delirious that Wenger is looking to recruit players of this calibre - and would feel genuinely buoyed with anticipation for the coming season.

Even presenter/journalist Piers Morgan has offered to buy Wenger a new coat should he secure Vidal. It seems, for the moment at least, that things are going in the right direction for Wenger and Arsenal in this transfer window. Maybe, other players, agents and football aficionados can see the improvements too. Perhaps it's true - success breeds success and everyone wants to be part of success. Over to you Arsene. 

Will Arsenal really sign Arturo Vidal in the summer window? 

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