What the papers say: Arsenal close in on transfer targets

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The Sun - Arsene eyes £10m deal for Ajax ace
ARSENAL boss Arsene Wenger was last night on the verge of sealing a £10million deal for Ajax star Thomas Vermaelen. The 21-cap Belgium centre-half, 23, is considered one of the top defenders in the Dutch Eredivisie.

The Daily Mirror - Arsenal tracking St Etienne midfielder Blaise Matuidi
Arsene Wenger is tracking St Etienne midfielder Blaise Matuidi. Matuidi, 22, has been recommended by Arsenal's French scout Gilles Grimandi and fits the bill for Wenger.

ARSENAL legend Tony Adams believes Arsene Wenger will continue to have a major struggle on his hands as he thinks there is one board member who does not want Wenger at the club.

The Daily Star - VILLA IN FOR HLEB
ASTON Villa are interested in bringing £10m-rated Alexander Hleb back from Barcelona.

The Daily Telegraph - England must prioritise with Theo Walcott ahead of World Cup
If the Football Association stick to their guns, Theo Walcott will go into next year's World Cup finals in South Africa having played 64 weeks with just one week of genuine rest. This surely is too much: taking one of England's most valuable - and fragile - assets and risking his exhaustion before a major tournament. Broken metatarsals are just bad luck but burn out is self-defeating and avoidable.

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