Gunners linked to Bodmer
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Arsenal are reportedly monitoring Lille midfielder Mathieu Bodmer.Arsenal could be looking to extend their French contingent, with Lille midfielder Mathieu Bodmer reportedly a target.
Arsene Wenger's decision to offload Patrick Vieira has yet to reap dividends as Arsenal struggle to keep pace in The Premiership and it seems likely he could seek reinforcements in the summer.
Surprisingly, Arsenal decided not to bring in a direct replacement for their former talismanic skipper, rather electing to rely on a burgeoning youth system at Highbury.
With this in mind, sources in France are linking Arsenal with a January raid for Bodmer, who at 22-years-old is rated as a real prospect in his homeland.
Bodmer starred in Lille's midweek defeat of Manchester United but for the moment at least, it would appear he is loath to leave France.
''I see the number of players who leave straight away for abroad and who fail,'' said Bodmer.
''I don't want to cut corners.''