Zapata claims Gunners interest

Defender says several sides are monitoring his situation

Zapata: Gunners link

Udinese defender Cristian Zapata has claimed a number of clubs, including Arsenal, have made enquiries about his availability.

The powerful Colombian was linked with a move to the Gunners last summer after it was suggested Udinese rejected a £9.5million bid.

Zapata, 22, has impressed in Serie A this campaign and he has suggested a move away from Stadio Friuli could be in the offing.

Zapata said: "Juventus, Fiorentina, Milan, Arsenal and Villarreal have asked for information about me.

"Lots of teams follow me, but there is need of a concrete offer. I feel good. I played a good championship on a personal level and I am happy.

"Being in Italy also gives me the opportunity to play for my country and attempt to go to the World Cup in South Africa next year."

He added to "I repeat I have a contract until 2013, but if Udinese receive a good offer they will sell me.

"Udinese have no need to sell me quickly. I am 22 and I have become a guarantee. We will see what happens in the future."