Napoli ace confirms talks with Arsenal star over move

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Napoli star Dries Mertens has revealed he's talked to Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen about leaving the Emirates Stadium for Italy.

The Gunners ace starred for Arsene Wenger's side in the 0-0 draw against Chelsea last night, but has been largely used as a substitute with Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny first-choice this season.

That has led to speculation linking Vermaelen with a move away from Arsenal, and Mertens has confirmed he's tried several times to lure his Belgium teammate to Serie A.

"I have already told Vermaelen to come to Napoli 10 times," Mertens told Belgian newspaper Knack as reported by Sky Sports.

"The city is magnificent and even Benitez asked me to convince Vermaelen to come here.

"But Arsenal is a great club and it won't be so easy for him to leave."

Following Arsenal's Champions League meeting with Napoli earlier this season, Mertens - who joined the Italian club from PSV Eindhoven over the summer - urged his international colleague to leave for Napoli as well.

Napoli, under first-year boss Benitez, currently sit third in Serie A, ten points behind league leaders Juventus.

Arsenal are better placed in the Premier League, and currently sit joint top of the table with Liverpool.

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