Gunners chief confirms Argentine playmaker target

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted he tried to sign Marseille ace Lucho Gonzalez in the summer reports

The Gunners chief made an enquiry to his Ligue 1 counterparts about the possibility of taking the former Porto man on loan as a replacement for Barcelona-bound Cesc Fabregas, only to have his offer knocked back.

"Lucho was a player I liked," admitted Wenger. "[But] they didn't want to give him out on loan. We didn't go as far as discussing a permanent move."

The 30-year-old Argentine playmaker will line-up against Arsenal in tonight's UEFA Champions League Group F encounter at the Stade Velodrome, just two months after a deal taking him to the Emirates Stadium fell through.


Gonzalez previously expressed his desire to leave Marseille when he was made aware of Arsenal's interest, but insists he is now happy in France.

"I actually wanted to leave Marseille," Lucho told L'Equipe. "Various clubs were interested but we were unable to reach an agreement.

"The reality of the market is that not many clubs are able to pay €10million. But I made a commitment that if I left, it was necessary for Marseille to benefit.

"That was not the case and the chapter is closed. Today I am happy to be here."

The Gunners are also set to line up against Andre Ayew tonight - another alleged transfer target during Arsenal's foray into the summer market, but Wenger has refuted claims he ever made an approach for the 21-year-old Ghanaian winger.

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