Arsenal interested in Lazio midfield ace Cristian Ledesma, agent confirms

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Arsenal's interest in Lazio midfielder Cristian Ledesma has been confirmed by the player's agent.

With Arsenal struggling to find any sort of consistency, it's been widely expected that manager Arsene Wenger will strengthen his squad in January.

Defence is a particular concern for the Gunners, but depth in midfield is needed after injuries to Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere left them exposed.

Fans have been calling for a physical holding midfielder for some time, and were massively disappointed when Wenger only signed Swedish international Kim Kallstrom on loan from Spartak Moscow last January.

Well, they may well have to brace themselves for a similar situation after it was confirmed that Arsenal are interested in a deal to sign Lazio midfielder Cristian Ledesma.

"It is true, Arsenal are interested in Cristian," said Ledesma's agent Vincenzo D’Ippolito. "There have been scouts [watching], we’ll see if there will be an opportunity to examine an offer."

Ledesma, 32, was born in Argentina but has one Italy cap to his name having moved there back in 2001, and has been a long-time regular for Lazio in recent years.

However, this season he has started just once in Serie A, and he could look to leave in order to find first-team football in January.

The prospect of his arrival is eerily similar to that of Kallstrom last season. Ledesma, like Kallstrom, is something of a deep lying playmaker with an impressive long shot, but he does have a little bit more bite to his game than Kallstrom.

Regardless, Arsenal would have been hoping for a bigger name than Ledesma, and there could be complaints about him if he does sign - just as there was with Kallstrom almost a year ago.

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