Gunners prepare €11 million Serie 'A' midfield raid

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Arsenal are being linked with a January move for Udinese midfielder Gokhan Inler.

The Swiss international has earned rave reviews this season for a string of fine Serie 'A' performances, and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is once again thought to be interested in the player.

Inler was thought to be on his way to the Emirates back in August 2008, but any potential deal fell through as the player decided to stay with the Zebrette at the Stadio Friuli.

Two years on, and fresh reports in Italy claim that the tough-tackling midfielder is finally ready to move on. Arsenal will not have it all their own way though, with Napoli and Inter Milan also thought to be interested in the player.

Inler started his career at Basel, but failed to make a senior appearance before moving yo Aarau in 2005. Swiss giants Zurich would sign the player the following year, and Udinese would do the same in 2007.

Arsenal are thought to be keen to strengthen their midfield options in the opening month of 2011, with Wenger poised to spend some of the record-breaking profits earned by the north London club.

The Gunners have been criticised in the past for their lack of a midfield enforcer-type player, and Inler could be seen as the solution to this potential problem at the Emirates.

A goalkeeper signing is thought to be the number one target for Arsenal in January, but Wenger could look to make several additions in a bid to challenge on a number of fronts deep into the season.

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