Arsenal prefer William Carvalho over Arturo Vidal - report

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Arsene Wenger has his sights on the Portuguese star, not the Chilean, according to The London Evening Standard.

Arsenal have set their sights on William Carvalho, not Arturo Vidal, according to The London Evening Standard.

The Daily Mail have reported this week that the Gunners were close to concluding a deal for the Juventus star, who is currently on international duty with Chile at the Copa America.

However, the London Evening Standard have moved to deny reports that the former Bayer Leverkusen man could off to the North London club and instead have stated that Arsene Wenger’s sights are elsewhere.

The French coach is said to prefer a deal for Carvalho, who has been impressing for his national side at this summer’s under-21 European Championships.

The Sporting Lisbon playmaker has been steadily growing in stature over the last number of years for club and country, with potential for him to leave his homeland this summer.

Looking at it objectively, Carvalho’s acquisition would provide the Gunners with a drastically different type of midfielder to Vidal.

The Juventus star is used by the Italian champions at the head of a midfield quartet and although combative is largely looked at as an attacking weapon.

Carvalho on the other hand features as a deep-lying midfielder and as such would operate in the centre of the park for the Gunners, arguably alongside or instead of Francis Coquelin.

With Wenger already also having the likes of Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini to play in this position, it remains to be seen whether the North Londoners need Carvalho.

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