Arsenal morning news: €20m price-tag for midfield target; Wenger on leaving

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All the latest news and gossip from The Emirates this morning.

Arsenal are said to be stepping up their approach for Moussa Sissoko by French publication L'Equipe.

The Newcastle United midfielder has been in top form for the club this season but last week it was reported that Arsenal were readying a £9 million move for the player, which would be swiftly rejected by The Toon Army.

The French paper reports that Arsenal will in fact have to spend a fee more in the region of €20 million in order to get hold of their man.

Wenger is after a dynamic midfielder to improve his injury prone midfield and Sissoko is believed to have become his number one target this season.

Sissoko is said to be annoyed by the recent departure from the club of manager Alan Pardew, who was allowed to join up with Crystal Palace this week.

Ahead of a meeting with last years FA Cup final opponents Hull City in the FA Cup third round tomorrow Arsene Wenger has revealed he would not have left The Gunners regardless of the result in the final last season.

He was asked yesterday if he would have walked away from Arsenal with defeat in last season's final, to which he responded:

"Walked where? To walk where? Walk away, no.

"Look, I just won my 600th game out of 1000, that means I won 60 per cent of the games and after 18 years it would not be serious to walk away for losing one game. I do my job as well as I can and I respect my contract always.

"We didn’t win a trophy for years and of course people want that. As well, 2-0 down after 10 minutes and they nearly scored the third.

"When you know football, normally that means you have very little chance to win so the fact we could turn it around and win was a fantastic relief."

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