Arsenal monitoring Ligue 1 talisman

Looking to steal a march on Premier League rivals Liverpool, Arsenal have emerged as potential suitors to sign Moussa Sissoko with a view to a summer deal.

The Merseysiders were being linked with the midfielder in recent months but should the Gunners come calling, Sissoko may prefer a move to the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal already have a strong French contingent at the club and the lure of linking up with fellow countryman Arsene Wenger has also proven to be incentive for players from the nation in the past.

Sissoko is supposedly high on the Liverpool shopping list with Director of Football Damien Comolli even going as far to label the player as the long-term replacement for Steven Gerrard.

However, Arsenal have been associated with moves for several central midfielders of their own and following the summer departures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, one could understand why reinforcements would be wanted.

Jack Wilshere has missed the entire season so far with an ankle injury, leaving a noticeable void in the Arsenal creative line that is usually so well looked after.

Although the England international will be fully fit in the coming months, Sissoko could still complete a move to the English top flight after impressing for Toulouse over recent years.

The playmaker regularly racks up around 40 appearances per season and with Denilson expected to depart the North London outfit at the end of this season, squad space will be freed up.

Should the 22 year-old complete a move to England, his signature would be expected to cost around £14m and would become a part of an apparent ‘new-look’ Arsenal that could soon boast the services of Lukas Podolski who is said to have agreed personal terms with Arsenal.

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