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[VIDEO] Arsenal £8M Target Gokhan Inler

Gokhan Inler Gokhan Inler of Udinese  in action during the Serie A match between Udinese Calcio and Catania Calcio at Stadio Friuli on March 20, 2011 in Udine, Italy.

In the last few weeks Arsenal have been linked to both Yann M’Vila and Yannick Djalo, and now, talkSPORT have reported that Arsene Wenger may spend £8 million on the Swiss midfielder, Gokhan Inler. The 26 year-old currently plays for the Seria A side Udinese, but speculation has been rife in Italy about his future at the club.

He has been watched by several Premier League clubs since his move to Napoli in 2007 including Liverpool, as Roy Hodgson believed he could replace Javier Mascherano in Liverpool’s central midfield before the Englishman’s departure. Inler plays in a similar area to Mascherano – a deep lying position just ahead of the defenders, and it is this kind of player that several Arsenal blogs have been suggesting Arsenal buy to guard the defence.

Inler has scored 3 goals this season, one of which was a stunning strike from long range against Napoli as you can see below. However, you may notice the lack of celebration and joy in the players face.

Some said that this was a sign of Inler’s growing disinterest in playing for Udinese, but the player cleared this speculation up:

“I have many friends in Switzerland who are Napoli supporters and they asked me not to score. Out of respect to them, I responded that way.”

“My heart is black and white and I think I proved that with my performance against Napoli.

“I’m sorry if I offended anyone, as it was not my intention. Once I got back to the locker room, I shouted my joy and embraced my team-mates.

“My future has absolutely not been decided and I haven’t signed for another club.”

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