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Known to Emery, reportedly available World Cup-winning enforcer is ideal for Arsenal

Arsenal are in desperate need of some quality signings this summer and for as little money as possible.

Unai Emery is apparently working with a shoestring budget of just £45 million, plus whatever he can bring in from player sales.

The Gunners need to strengthen in several areas if they are to work their way back into the top four.

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The defence is probably the priority, but holding midfield could also do with being upgraded.

Mateo Guendouzi is promising but still very raw, Granit Xhaka is inconsistent and Lucas Torriera is the subject of transfer interest from AC Milan.

Perhaps Emery should turn to someone he’s actually worked with before, Blaise Matuidi, whom Tuttosport report is being considered for a sale this summer.

Juve have signed Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot could follow – which could impact the Frenchman in terms of regular minutes.

TBR’s view

World Cup-winning enforcer Matuidi is exactly the kind of player Arsenal need.

The star may have recently turned 32, but he has shown no signs of slowing down and has been at the top of his game for many years.

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The vastly experienced and decorated midfielder would bring energy, bite, leadership and – crucially – a winning mentality to the Gunners’ engine room.

With his contract expiring next year and Juve reportedly prepared to sell, Matuidi would arguably be an inexpensive signing that could go a long way in Arsenal’s quest to bring back Champions League football to the Emirates Stadium.

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