Arsenal are tracking £8m Guingamp defensive midfielder Gilbert Imbula, according to the Mail. The Gunners could move for the 20-year-old Ligue 2 player in the summer. The youngster was also believed to have attracted attention from Chelsea and Ligue 1 club Olympique Lyon but neither side has made an approach so far.
Arsene Wenger has been linked with a number of players who could play the holding role in midfield: the Emirates club have been unable to fill that position since Cameroon international Alex Song left last summer. The north London side have been linked with Lyon's Maxime Gonalons and Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin. Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama has also been linked.
Wenger on FA Cup Final
Meanwhile, Wenger believes Manchester City are favourites to win the FA Cup this season. Roberto Mancini's men take on Wigan Athletic at Wembley on Saturday evening. The Gunners' boss admitted he would be watching the game, to scout Roberto Martinez's side ahead of a critical Premier League tie next midweek.
Wigan visit the Emirates on Wednesday, with the London side desperate for all three points in the race to finish in the top four and claim Champions League football next season. The Latics, on the other hand, will be equally desperate for the win, as they look to avoid relegation to the Championship.
"I will watch it of course because we play Wigan on Tuesday night. Manchester City have been just doing the job in their recent league games, so can they raise their game for this final? Of course they will, certainly. So it makes it simple: there is one obvious favourite - Manchester City, and one challenger, with outstanding qualities too - Wigan. We will see what happens, a final is a final. But you could say Manchester City are favourites for this one," Wenger told www.arsenal.com.
Tickets for Nagoya Grampus Friendly
Finally, the Gunners' website has confirmed availability of tickets for the pre-season friendly against Wenger's old club, Nagoya Grampus. The north London side will play the Japanese club on 22 July, at the 45,000-seater Tokyo Stadium. However, the statement cautions fans there will be only a "very small" allocation of tickets for this fixture.
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