Snap up De Rossi for Arsenal, Wenger

Daniele De Rossi

Arsene Wenger should capture Daniele De Rossi to bolster the Arsenal midfield, says former Gunners star Paul Mariner.

Wenger has yet to spend any of the £70million kitty he has available and faces a race against time to recruit before the transfer window closes.

And former Highbury hero Mariner wants to see the Roma star at the Emirates.

He said: “I’ve been banging the drum for a while for Daniele De Rossi, because it seems like roma have been selling players willy-nilly.

“He would be fantastic at Arsenal. His wages may be a problem and a transfer fee wouldn’t be great, but that type of player would be brilliant.

“They’ve got Flamini back, who Arsene knows really well. They’ve offered him a three-year contract at 29 and, in my opinion, that’s generous.”

Meanwhile, Mariner says Mesut Ozil shouldn’t be an Arsenal target. He added: “Ozil, who is a fantastic player and was on the market a few weeks ago, was offered to a few teams in the Premier League and one team turned him down”.

“He’s a little bit too much like Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla, even though he’s a fantastic player. Most teams in the world would want him but Arsenal need something a little bit different.”