Wenger looks for Silva-lining

Arsene Wenger may look to compensate for Hleb's departure by bringing Valencia winger David Silva to the Emirates.

By Nick Horsburgh

With Aliaksander Hleb and Emmanuel Adebayor both looking set to leave North London, Silva would be a great asset to Wenger as he reshuffles the line-up.

If Adebayor leaves it is rumored that Theo Walcott will be moved into an out-and-out striker's position, leaving only injury-prone Tomas Rosicky or inconsistent Abou Diaby to fill the wide roles.

French playmaker Samir Nasri, soon to be 21-years-old, is all but confirmed for Arsenal and with Nasri providing the flair in the centre and Silva doing the same on the wing, the Gunners could prove a nightmare for defences.

It is no secret that Wenger is scouting potential signings at the European championship and Silva now appears to be his number one interest.

"Arsene wasn't just in Vienna to cheer on Cesc [Fabregas] - he was there to take a good look at Silva," said an Arsenal insider.

"He is a player who would fit well in the Arsenal set-up, especially if Hleb goes."

Wenger is not the only manager interested in the Valencia star though, Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has apparently made contact with his old club regarding the player.

Valencia has reportedly set Silva's price tag at 31 Million U.S. dollars.