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Arsenal transfer target Emi Buendia is ‘open’ to a move to the Emirates Stadium, according to reports. The Argentine has sparkled for Norwich in the Championship this season, scoring seven goals from 19 appearances. He’s on Mikel Arteta’s radar as a result, with the Spaniard looking to replace Mesut Ozil.
Arsenal decided not to include Ozil in their Premier League and Europa League squads at the start of the season.
And they’ve been left short of creativity as a result, relying on young gem Emile Smith Rowe to help them through a difficult spell.
Arsenal are expected to sell Ozil in the January transfer window, with clubs from Turkey and the MLS keen to secure his signature.
Bunedia has emerged as a potential replacement, with the 24-year-old impressing in the Championship with Norwich.
And Football London say the Argentine would be open to a move to the Emirates Stadium.
That doesn’t appear likely to happen at present, however, with Arsenal having little money at their disposal this winter.
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Norwich would want a £40million fee for their prized asset and, with the Gunners strapped for cash, they may opt to wait until the summer.
They won’t be signing Christian Eriksen from Inter Milan either, despite the Serie A giants’ determination to get the Denmark international off the books.
And a move for Isco appears unlikely as well, despite Real Madrid’s determination to part ways with the Spain international.
Meanwhile, Buendia recently opened up on transfer interest and admitted he was targeting a return to the Premier League.
“Yes, I always say it,” he said.
“It is the best league in the world, it is the one that makes the difference at all levels. Any team makes life difficult for anyone, it is very complicated.
“Their organisational level is perfect, the stadiums have a lot of history, the conditions for playing football are ideal. There are no excuses. And the players and the teams are the best.
“I aspire to the best and work every day to get back to it, either in my team or through a transfer. Returning to the Premier in the short term is a dream.
“It is true that there was a lot of talk in the summer, after relegation, about the possibility that both I and other teammates could leave the team to continue in the Premier League.”
He did claim, though, he was happy at Norwich for the time being.
“However, I always had my head with the club,” he said.
“I belong to Norwich, I have to do things well for my team.
“Tomorrow we will see, but I never had my head outside the objectives, to work so that my club does well.
“As this season unfolds, we are doing well and I am very happy to be here.
“We are in a good position, I am feeling important, I am scoring goals and making assists for my teammates.”
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