Arsene Wenger keen on Italian

Arsenal are said to be weighing up a move for Italy international midfielder Ricardo Montolivo, as Arsene Wenger looks to bolster his options in the centre of the park following the departures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri.

The Fiorentina man is in the last year of his contract in Florence, and has been the subject of intense transfer speculation in his homeland, with Milan in particular failing in an attempt to bring him to the San Siro over the summer.

Mirror Football indicates that The Gunners’ had scouts present at Italy’s 1-0 Euro 2012 win over Slovenia on Tuesday, and may be set to make a move to sign the 26-year-old come January.

Meanwhile, new Arsenal signing Per Mertesacker has had a difficult week ahead of potentially making his debut for his new club at the weekend, after a poor international performance.

Germany had to come from behind against Poland, with a Cacau goal deep into injury time salvaging a 2-2 draw for Joachim Low’s side on Tuesday.

Mertesacker was the target of the German media’s criticism after a shaky performance, and will need to improve as he makes his Arsenal bow against Swansea at the Emirates on Saturday.