Arsenal eye former Man City hardman to solve midfield problem

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Arsenal are reportedly interested in bringing in former Manchester City midfielder Nigel De Jong from Italian side Milan.

According to the Mirror, Arsenal are weighing up their options this summer and have sounded at Nigel De Jong as a possible midfield solution.

The Gunners have a lack of squad depth in central midfield, with both Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini in their thirties and Abdou Diaby coming back from over a year out with a knee ligament injury.

Aside from their lack of depth, the North Londoners have lacked that bite and aggression in midfield since former captain Patrick Vieira departed for Inter Milan nine years ago.

One man not shy of a tackle is former Manchester City midfielder Nigel De Jong, with the Dutch international’s reputation as a midfield hardman enhanced by his infamous chest-kick on Xabi Alonso during the 2010 World Cup final.

Time has passed since that gruelling imagine, and his stay at the Citizens was ended when he opted to move to AC Milan in 2012.

The Italian giants, however, have declined rapidly since his arrival and the 29-year-old has now been linked with a San Siro exit following Milan’s failure to secure European football.

72 tackles and 91 interceptions made in 32 Serie A starts last season, Nigel De Jong has proven that his talent remains and his experience of the Premier League would make him a solid acquisition for any top side.

Arsenal in recent years have been in desperate need of a player of this ilk, though should Wenger be intent on signing the midfield hardman, he may wish to conclude business quickly as QPR boss Harry Redknapp also appears keen.

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