Gunners can tempt free super Swede with Champions League

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Arsenal are being linked with a summer transfer swoop for Johan Elmander.

The Swedish striker is set to become out of contract in the summer, with a number of clubs across Europe monitoring the Bolton Wanderers' striker's situation as they consider a summer move.

The Metro claims Serie 'A' outfit Juventus are one of the clubs keen on the 29-year-old, with the same paper saying Arsenal the leading Barclays Premier League club in the race for the player.

Trotters boss Owen Coyle has revealed that the player is keen to ply his trade in the Champions League, although that won't stop the Reebok Stadium side from attempting to persuade the player one last time that his future should be in Lancashire.

"When the season ends, we will certainly have one last go at trying to persuade him to sign a new contract," said Coyle.

"But if there is a club out there in the top bracket that can offer him the lure of Champions League football, then he will do what any player would. All players crave that sort of chance."


Arsenal are well positioned to offer Bolton's £8.2 million club-record signing that chance at the Emirates, as the Gunners are unlikely to finish outside of the top two this term.

Whilst a striker is not thought to be Wenger's priority, the Frenchman is thought to be considering strengthening in the position should the opportunity become available, and a free transfer would appeal to the frugal Arsenal chief.

A striker signing could also signal the end of Nicklas Bendtner's career with the north Londoners, with speculation linking the Dane with an Arsenal exit this summer.

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