Arsenal boss Wenger to splash out on Lyon's Ben Arfa

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is expected to step up his pursuit of Olympique Lyon wing ace Hatem Ben Arfa following this week's Euro exit.

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The Guardian says given the form of Theo Walcott, more flair and pace is needed on the opposite wing, and Ben Arfa, Lyon's hugely promising 20-year-old attacker, is a target, especially as Tomas Rosicky has missed so much of this year with a hamstring complaint.

Wenger is a manager who shies away from extravagant purchases and his overriding philosophy will not change. But, flush as he is with cash, he would surely consider offering up to £15m for players - Ben Arfa has been touted at £11.8m.

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