Wenger told to sign Serie A defender

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Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri has urged Arsene Wenger to sign Udinese defender Mehdi Benatia - at least that's according to the latter.

Speaking to Italian publication Gazetta Dello Sport, Benatia claimed his former Marseille colleague had been in the ear of the Arsenal boss in an attempt to persuade him to sign the Morocco international in the transfer window.

"My friend Nasri wants me in London with Arsenal," said Benatia. "He wants me to do it [to move].

"When I was in France, at a small club, he said to me: 'I am going to talk to Arsene Wenger'. And I told him that he was crazy but now he is more decisive."

Whether or not Arsenal are genuinely interested in 23-year-old Benatia remains to be seen, but the Gunners are expected to sign defensive reinforcements come the summer.


With Thomas Vermaelen still a long-term injury concern for Wenger and Johan Djourou sidelined with a dislocated shoulder, Arsenal find themselves depleted at the back.

Many onlookers have called on Wenger to seriously invest in his defence this summer as Arsenal look to mount a serious assault on Champions League glory.

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