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Arsene Wenger likes Arturo Vidal

But does he LIKE like him?!

"thank you okay I am going to Arsenal now bye"
"thank you okay I am going to Arsenal now bye"
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There's been a lot of talk lately around Arsenal interest in Arturo Vidal, Juventus midfielder and Chilean national teammate of Alexis Sanchez. It's summed up well here, but it appears to be mostly pseudo-journalists and ITK-types on Twitter saying things and repeating each other's "scoop," without a whole lot of substance to any of it. But since British sportswriters are more than willing to take something with no substance and run with it, it's kind of become A Thing.

In fact, it's become enough of A Thing that in his pre-FA Cup final press conference, Arsene Wenger was asked about Arsenal's supposed interest in Vidal.

If I tell you I like him, you will announce the transfer just after that. If you want me to say I like Arturo Vidal, yes I like Arturo Vidal. Are we in a transfer mode? I say, no.

Arsenal, of course, should not be in transfer mode yet, seeing as the biggest game of the year is this weekend. But since they can theoretically do more than one thing at once, there's a non-zero chance that we are interested in Vidal and have already signed him, as certain dirtsheets seem to be claiming. I seriously doubt it though, and would wager this is just something someone made up to be a Cool Guy on Twitter. If we're going to sign Vidal it's more likely to be a long, drawn-out process that makes us all want to die. Unless Alexis kidnaps him after Copa America, I guess.

Hey Alexis,