Should Arsenal hijack deal and make third swoop on Malaga?

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Malaga has been a recent hunting ground for Arsenal, signing Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal. Should they make it three?

It's no secret Arsenal need a defensive midfielder, and Arsene Wenger has regularly been linked with Frenchmen to fill the void.

Etienne Capoue, Maxime Gonalons, and regularly before he move to Russia; Yann M'Vila.

But hold on, there could just be a former France international midfielder up for grabs this summer.

Jeremy Toulalan is playing in Spain with Malaga, and this weekend confirmed he could leave the club this summer.

The 29-year-old may have fallen out of favour with his national team, not appearing since 2010 for Les Bleus, but he is wanted by one of Spain's top clubs.

Toulalan is wanted by Atletico Madrid, with reports springing up in Spain that the player had made a 'verbal agreement' to make such a switch.

He has a contract until 2015 so it wouldn't be simple, it isn't like he is in control of his destination had it been like his deal ended this summer.

The reason he is said to be open to leaving Malaga, write AS, is per concerns over their financial situation which has seen them sell of three top players, Monreal, Rondon and Cazorla over the past eight months, as well as possible UEFA sanctions over irregularities.

Now Arsenal's need for a defensive midfielder is such that a player as experienced as Toulalan could be just what they require.

He has featured 14 times in La Liga this season for Malaga and made four Champions League appearances.

It's easy to see what his no-nonsense style would bring to the Gunners: Toulalan has made an average 4.3 tackles per game in La Liga for Malaga; the highest any Arsenal player has contributed in the Premier League is 3.3 (Mikel Arteta).

Toulalan is a spoiler, a player who likes to break up attacks and sit in front of the back four and do the untidy work.

Wenger will have cheaper options, and may see Capoue as more of an 'investment', but Toulalan's experience and know-how in the position would make him a very good signing indeed.

It is certainly worth pursuing the same channels of contact with Malaga which enabled them to sign both Cazorla and Monreal.

What do you think? Should Arsenal make a bid?

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