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Arsenal battling Premier League rivals to land 14-cap free agent

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Arsenal have bolstered their ranks significantly under the guidance of Unai Emery but the Gunners continue to eye additional recruits in the market.

The additions of Stephan Lichtsteiner, Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira has bolstered Arsenal between the sticks, in defence and in midfield – but the Gunners lack depth in wide areas.

Italian broadcaster Premium Sport, cited by InsideFutbol, claim Arsenal are one of three Premier League sides vying for the services of 14-cap Brazil international Bernard, who is available on a free transfer.

The highly-rated attacker left Shakhtar Donetsk at the end of his contract in June and is now available on the market, which has alerted Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton – while previous reports have also claimed interest from West Ham.

Liverpool’s recent capture of Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City means the Reds may not need another wide forward, whereas Bernard would fit the bill for Everton as a starter. At Arsenal, he would be forced to battle the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi for first-team opportunities.

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