Arsenal midfield target happy to remain at Malaga

The latest Malaga player to be linked with Arsenal has suggested he is happy where he is, if it remains up to him...

Arsenal fans are unlikely to have the happiest memories of recent transfer windows. For the last few years, they have seen the departure of some of their best players, and the arrival – at least in some cases – of less than worthy replacements.

That hasn’t always been the case, and two of their most impressive recent signings – Nacho Monreal and Santi Cazorla – have excelled since arriving from Malaga.

The Spanish club appears to be a happy hunting ground for the Gunners, and rumours last month suggested they could make it a hat-trick of arrivals from Estadio La Rosaleda with the signature of French midfielder Jeremy Toulalan.

However reports from Sky Sports suggest the 29-year-old is happy to remain in La Liga…for now.

How long that proves to be could be down to the club rather than the player, as Malaga continue to suffer the financial issues that saw both Cazorla and Monreal leave for arguably less than they were worth.

Toulalan will be a familiar name for many Arsenal fans, as he was a consistent presence in the French national squad for much of the last decade. And despite more recent omissions from Les Bleus, he is highly regarded in La Liga – a defensive midfielder with the talent and experience to considerably improve Arsene Wenger’s team.

As I wrote last week, Arsenal could be set for one of their most successful seasons in almost a decade. But much of that will be down to Wenger’s summer signings.

A midfielder capable of breaking up plays and setting up his more attack-minded teammates is imperative, and quality players in that position are hard to find. So don’t be surprised if the Toulalan story runs a little further yet.

The player is aware of the implications of playing for a side dictated by finances. Sometimes decisions are taken out of your control.

At Arsenal there would be no such uncertainty.

Would Toulalan be a good signing for the Gunners?  Or which other players could do they sign instead?

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