Wenger reveals admiration for rumoured summer transfer target

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed his admiration for Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, just weeks after speculation over a move for him.

Arsenal kickstarted their season with a 3-0 win over Aston Villa on Saturday, bouncing back well after a comprehensive defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League in midweek. Mesut Ozil got himself on the scoresheet despite criticism for his recent displays, whilst new signing Danny Welbeck grabbed his first Arsenal goal in a comfortable win at Villa Park.

Welbeck joined the Gunners in a £16m deal on deadline day as manager Arsene Wenger finally moved to improve his attacking options after Olivier Giroud's injury ruled him out until 2015. Welbeck was just one of a number of centre forwards who were heavily linked with moves to North London, with Jackson Martinez, Mario Mandzukic and Alvaro Morata all the subject of speculation.

Yet in August, press reports suggested that Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani had become a target after a frustrating season in the French capital. The Uruguayan had been pushed out to the right hand side in order to accommodate Zlatan Ibrahimovic as a lone centre forward, leaving the former Napoli star disgruntled at the Parc des Princes.

Now, in an interview with French TV, Wenger has revealed his admiration for the 27-year-old, but did allude to Cavani's discomfort at being played out wide.

"I like this player a lot, I like his spirit a lot, but I feel like he is playing with his hand on the brakes. I have the impression that he is not expressing himself entirely," said Wenger. "It is true that at the same time, Ibrahimovic has taken an important place in this PSG team by all accounts, there is little space for another striker around him."

The latest quotes from Wenger will likely do little to halt speculation over a move to the Emirates Stadium for Cavani, but buying Cavani so soon after splashing out for Welbeck doesn't seem like something the usual prudent Wenger would do.

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