Report: Gunners drawn to Downing

Arsene Wenger has been surprisingly quiet in the transfer market so

far this summer, with the Gunners yet to show their hand. It is,

however, widely acknowledged that they will require fresh faces if

they are to challenge for the Premier League title this season.

They may even struggle to retain their top-four standing if they

fail to add, with a number of their rivals having been busy

bolstering their ranks. Downing has been identified as one possible

new recruit, and it is understood that a big-money offer was put to

Villa on Friday. The 26-year-old has hinted that he will be on his

way out of Villa Park in the near future, with contract talks

having been shelved. Liverpool are also keen on the former

Middlesbrough man, and it is believed that they remain the

favourites to secure his signature. Kenny Dalglish is, however, yet

to meet Villa’s asking price and Arsenal are hoping they can lure

Downing to the capital.