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Confirmation that Arsenal are watching highly regarded South American

22 year old Benfica left back Lorenzo Melgarejo is reportedly on the watch list of Arsenal according to the player’s agent, Juan Gabriel Appleyard, who has declared that the Gunners have enquired about the versatile Paraguayan’s availability this summer.

Appleyard broke the news to the world via Radio Monumental, declaring, ‘Arsenal and Fenerbahce have enquired about Melgarejo.’ The agent though was quick to add, ‘But so far there has been nothing concrete.’

With Arsenal already blessed with Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal in the left back role, and also continuing to hold the rights to Brazilian Andre Santos (who surely has to be sold), there is virtually no chance that the Gunners will add a third left back to their first team ranks, irrespective of how talented Melgarejo might be.

The Metro does hint that the defender can play higher up the pitch if required, and could challenge Lukas Podolski for a starting berth, but the idea does appear to be a little far fetched, and might just be a smart ploy by a sharp agent who wants to get his man in the news.