Arsenal face competition from Spanish clubs in the race to sign Mikel Arteta, according to reports.
The Everton playmaker, who was first linked with a move to the Emirates two years ago, is being linked with a return to La Liga in the closing days of the transfer window, with Malaga and Valencia both thought to be keen on the player.
However, the Daily Star claims Arsenal remain keen on the 29-year-old, and are willing to battle over the £10 million-rated player.
The report goes on to claim that Arsenal is the preferred destination of the player, despite previous claims that the former Real Sociedad star would need to return home if he was to force his way into the Spanish national setup.
Question marks remain over the player given his injury record, notably last season, and age, but Arsene Wenger is in the market for a player of Arteta's ilk after the departures of former Gunners club captain Cesc Fabregas and influential midfielder Samir Nasri.
Competition for the player could be fierce though, with Los Che willing to spend after the sale of Juan Mata to Chelsea and Malaga backed financially by the Qatari royal family.
However, the lure of Champions League football, secured with victory over Udinese last night, could help Arsenal sway the player towards north London as Wenger looks to rebuild his midfield with less than a week remaining in the transfer window.
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