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Arsenal face an uphill battle in their quest to land impressive youngster

Arsenal are unlikely to get their hands on Aston Villa right back Matthew Lowton this summer with the Midlands club declaring that the 23 year old defender is not for sale.

Arsenal are reportedly targeting the youngster as a possible long term replacement for Frenchman Bacary Sagna, who has been linked with a return to France with either PSG or a possible move to Italian side Inter Milan in the summer. Lowton is expected to give young Carl Jenkinson competition for the right back slot, and the duo could between them provide Arsenal long term stability in that position.

However, Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has ruled out the possibility of selling his star pupil, stating, ‘He’s been playing very well. If people are talking about him, that means he’s playing well. It becomes frustrating if you do have to lose ones when you’re trying to build. At the end of the day, the decision is my own if I let people go. That would always be the case.’

Had Villa been relegated this season, Arsenal might have been able to get their hands on the youngster, but now it appears they will need to go the big money route if they wish to sign him.