Arsenal make £12m bid for Mikel Arteta

Arsenal are reported to be lining up a £12m bid for Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta as Arsene Wenger looks to reinforce his squad with Cesc Fabregas out injured.

The Gunners have seen Mathieu Flamini, Gilberto Silva, Lassana Diarra and Alexandr Hleb leave the Emirates in the last year while Tomas Rosicky and Theo Walcott are out injured. Wenger spoke this week about the need for an experienced creative midfielder at the club and Arteta fits the bill.

The former Paris St Germain and Rangers midfielder is a proven Premier League performer with Everton and is still in his mid twenties. But the Merseyside club have insisted that Arteta is not for sale and it looks as if a deal will only be possible if the player himself looks for a move.

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