Arsenal in Brazilian battle over CSKA striker - reports

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Arsenal face competition from Brazilian clubs in the race to sign CSKA Moscow striker Vagner Love.

Arsene Wenger has held a long-standing interest in the 27-year-old, who is keen on a move away from Russia after seven years in the capital.

And, after two loan spells with Palmeiras and Flamengo in 2009 and 2010 respectively, the Daily Star Sunday claims the later and Gremio are willing to challenge the Gunners for the colourful striker's signature.

Arsenal are believed to be in the market for a forward in January, with Wenger keen to provide some back-up for Robin Van Persie at the Emirates.

The Dutch international, who is reveling in his role as the Gunners' club captain, has an injury track-record that will worry the Frenchman in north London.

Park Chu-Young and Marouane Chamakh have both struggled when their opportunities have arisen for Arsenal this season, with the club's dependence on 'RVP' in all competitions adding a potential issue with burnout.

Brazilian international Love, who has a goalscoring record of a goal every other game in the Russian Premier League, could be the ideal addition for Arsenal, if they can convince the player that England appeals more than his homeland.

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