Gunners in chase for Marseille playmaker

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Arsenal are being linked with a move for French international Hatem Ben Arfa.

The Marseille mis-fit has been linked with a string of clubs after falling out with boss Didier Deschamps, and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is one of the managers keen on taking the player away from the Stade Vélodrome.

Newcastle United had been the favourites to secure a loan move for the player, with Chris Hughton's Magpies thought to be the original preferred destination of the playmaker.

Serie 'A' giants AC Milan joined the chase for the player in the last week amidst reports that Ben Arfa was threatening to quit football if OM were not willing to let him leave the club, and a potential transfer move seems to have pushed the Toon out of the reckoning.

Werder Bremen have since joined the race for the player after Mesut Ozil was sold to Real Madrid two days ago, but The Metro reports that Arsene Wenger is considering a £12 million move for the 23-year-old.

Ben Arfa started his career at Lyon, making his senior debut in 2004. After four years at Les Gones, Marseille would pay €11 million for the player to make the Ligue 1 switch.

Current boss and former Chelsea midfielder Deschamps has been far from complimentary about the versatile wide midfielder, who can play as a winger, forward or attacking midfielder.

Wenger is still reportedly willing to gamble on the player though, and could use his experience to nurture the precocious talent in north London.

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