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Arsene Wenger Still Keen On Juventus Midfielder Felipe Melo

TURIN, ITALY - DECEMBER 20:  Felipe Melo of Juventus FC in action during the Serie A match between Juventus FC and Catania Calcio at Stadio Olimpico on December 20, 2009 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
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Robin SAnalyst IMarch 3, 2010

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that he's still keen on Brazilian midfielder Felipe Melo.

Arsenal tried to sign Melo in the summer of 2009 but failed to strike a deal with Fiorentina. Melo later joined Juventus and has endured a difficult season so far with them.

The 26-year-old struggled at Turin and the fans selected him as the worst signing of the season; he was also awarded the "Golden bin honour" given to the worst signing.

Wenger has been an admirer of the Brazilian midfielder from a long, long time.

The Arsenal boss came very close to signing him in the summer of 2009, but Juventus was quick to react and reportedly snatched him up for a fee of €18.5m.

Melo's dip in form means his value has plunged considerably since that transfer.

"We were interested in Melo during the summer. We watched him in Brazil’s international at the Emirates, against Italy [in February 2009], when he had an outstanding game," said Wenger.

Melo is set to feature in the World Cup this summer. A good performance there for Brazil will obviously make him a hot property in the transfer market.

Meanwhile, Wenger lost another key midfielder to injury (a long-term injury) and he must find replacements, especially with the mounting injury problems that Arsenal faces every season.

Arsenal does need another defensive midfielder as a cover for Alex Song and Melo could do the job.

Having said that, is it worthy enough to sign a player who has won the "Golden bin honour" for poor performances?

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