Transfer Bin: Arsenal interested in Juventus star, January bid lined up

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Arsenal have been linked with Juventus star Claudio Marchisio, but this one ends up in our transfer bin.

Arsenal's start to the season has had its fair share of highs and lows, but fans are particularly frustrated right now, having thrown away a 3-0 lead and Anderlecht in the Champions League to only claim a draw, and then lost 2-1 to Swansea City just days later.

Manager Arsene Wenger is under increasing pressure at the Emirates Stadium, and some supporters believe it's time for the Frenchman to move on and let the club move forward with a new manager and new ideas.

Regardless, Wenger appears to be in charge for the foreseeable future, and that means rumours over who he could sign in the January transfer window.

The latest name to be linked with the Gunners today is Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio.

Marchisio, 28, had been strongly linked with Manchester United last season, but no deal materialised, and he's become something of the forgotten man in the Juve midfield for most of the media, with the focus largely being upon Andrea Pirlo, Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal.

With his contract set to expire in 2015, speculation has once again linked him with a move to England - but the connection with Arsenal doesn't make much sense.

Marchisio, as much as he is talented, isn't what Arsenal need right now. He's primarily a ball playing midfielder with an eye for goal, and that's what Arsenal already have with the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil and Tomas Rosicky.

Instead, Arsenal need to be looking for a strong midfielder, somebody robust who can prevent attacks and protect the back four - someone like William Carvalho or Grzegorz Krychowiak.

Tuttosport suggest that Arsenal are set to make a January bid to bring Italian international Marchisio to North London in the New Year, but with rumours that he could yet extend his deal to stay in Turin, it becomes clear that this particular rumour is a non-starter.

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