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Are Arsenal and Spurs set to battle over PSG midfielder?

Adrien Rabiot is yet again linked to a move away from PSG, but will he move this January, and will it be to Arsenal?

In his short time with the senior squad, it feels like Adrien Rabiot's been rumored to move away from PSG at least a half-dozen times. The 20 year-old French U21 midfielder was rumored to be of interest to Arsenal this past summer, only for Arsene Wenger and the north London side to fail with submitting a transfer bid.

The long-term injuries to Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla are starting to reignite transfer rumors surrounding the ever-decisive holding midfielder position, so it's only appropriate that Arsenal and Rabiot are being linked again. And, according to the Independent, Arsenal will be set to do battle with their north London rival Tottenham Hotspur to win Rabiot's signature.

While it makes a bit of sense that Wenger would target a holding midfielder next month -- he's admitted as much when discussing Coquelin's injury, and that was before the extent of Cazorla's injury was known -- it makes very little sense that Tottenham would be in for a player like Rabiot. Spurs is finding success this season with Dele Alli and Eric Dier anchoring their midfield. Adding another player to the midfield discussion there doesn't solve Rabiot's desire to get more consistent playing time at PSG once their midfield injury crisis ends.

Where the Rabiot link doesn't make sense for Arsenal, come the next six months, is that the club could certainly do better than him as far as options go. Rabiot's impressed in deputizing for injured Marco Verratt this season, however he's still relatively unproven in terms of a proven track record of exceptional performances at PSG,

Wenger's clearly shown faith and trust in Coquelin's game, and if the boss is going to replace the hard-tackling Frenchman he'll have to locate a talent good enough that's able to easily cement his place in the starting XI. The question on whether or not Rabiot's the answer Wenger's looking for remains to be seen.