Arsenal will turn to Liverpool target if Nasri decides to leave

Arsenal are preparing themselves to lose Frenchman Samir Nasri and will look to launch a bid for Aston Villa winger, and Liverpool target Stewart Downing as a replacement.

Liverpool have been tracking the 26 year old winger since Kenny Dalglish took over in January and are currently considered to be favourites to sign him, however, new Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish feels he can talk the international around amidst the interest and is looking forward to helping him change his mind regarding a move when he returns for pre-season.

This will not deter Arsenal though as they seek some quality with Premiership experience and with the Emirates side in a position to be able to offer Champions League football, the club feel the time may be right to hi-jack Liverpool’s current interest with an offer.

For the moment their position is precautionary with Nasri yet to decide however should the 23 year old playmaker decide on a move abroad then Wenger will be ready to swoop at a moments notice.

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