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Arsenal are eyeing Juventus defender Mehdi Benatia as they seek to improve their defence under new manager Unai Emery, concludes Le10 Sports in France.
Unai Emery is working closely with newly appointed head of recruitment Sven Mislintat to bring in a number of new faces.
Following the club’s sixth-place finish in the recently concluded Premier League, this move doesn’t come as surprising.
With the retirement of Per Mertesacker and injury-laden Laurent Koscielny, Arsenal are determined to seal loop holes.
Benatia, 31, has spent the last two spells in Italy with Juventus in Turin on loan, before completing a permanent move from Bayern last summer.
Rising speculations indicate he could be on the move again out of Italy as Juventus seek to make a major change at the heart of their defence.
They are looking forward to replacing veterans Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini, including Benatia. However, there are rumours Juventus are willing to cash in on the Moroccan defender in excess of €20 million.
In other news, Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit has given a clear warning that Arsenal will achieve nothing, unless they start spending big.
According to the Mirror, Petit called the £60 million given to new manager Unai Emery as “ridiculous.”
The Arsenal legend acknowledges that Emery has the capability to lead the Gunners to glory, but believes mere capability will take Arsenal nowhere if they’re not prepared to spend generously on big players.
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