Arsenal Linked With Boca Juniors Hero Battaglia

The Gunners have set their sights on the Argentine champs' hardman as they seek some steel in the middle of the park...

According to the News of the World, Arsenal are pondering a move for Boca Juniors' midfield general, Sebastian Battaglia, this month.

The British tabloid reports that Arsene Wenger has added the 28-year-old to the short-list of candidates who could give the Gunners' inexperienced core some much-needed muscle.

The Argentine international has attracted strong interest from Europe since winning his 17th title with Boca last month to become the club's most decorated player.

Lazio are thought to be especially keen on Battaglia, whose agent recently revealed that two Italian clubs and one English outfit had been tracking his client.

However, it remains to be seen whether the tough-tackling player will welcome a return to Europe, having an indifferent spell at Villarreal in 2004-05.

Mike Maguire,