Coach explains Arsenal target's Europa League squad omission

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Torino have a battle keeping hold of Alessio Cerci amid growing interest from Arsenal and many others, home and abroad.

Arsenal are being linked with plenty of forwards this week as the club reels from news that Olivier Giroud is out until the New Year with a broken bone at the base of his tibia.

This is despite Arsene Wenger claiming that in Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski, Yaya Sanogo, Joel Campbell and last night's hero Alexis Sanchez the club already have enough coverage in the area.

That of course won't stop the rumours and Alessio Cerci is one name being heavily linked. The Italian international can play through the middle but is certainly more comfortable out wide, so is a versatile option for The Gunners.

His club side Torino have even confirmed this week that he is likely to leave before the close of the transfer window. They even admitted they plan on selling him abroad, so as not to strengthen a Serie A rival.

The rumour mill got churning into action when the Torino manager Giampiero Venture confirmed that he had left Cerci out of the Europa League squad to take on Croatian outfit RNK Split this evening.

Here is the reason why he decided to leave him at home:

"The boy is always in the papers and his head would not be on the game. His omission is a no-brainer. We're waiting for the close of the window and then we'll see."

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So he certainly seems to be on his way, and with an impressive record of 13 goals and 10 assists for the club last season he would not represent bad business from The Gunners.

However the likes of Atletico Madrid, QPR, Southampton and AC Milan are still very keen on his signature, so Arsenal face a tough task if they genuinely do want to bring him in this summer.

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