Exclusive: Arsenal Scouting Downing

wearethenorthbank.com can exclusively reveal that Arsenal have been scouting Aston Villa winger Stewart Downing.

A senior Arsenal scout watched Downing put in a fine performance in the 1-0 win over Liverpool on Sunday and it looks likely that Arsenal will enter the race for the England international to bolster their squad for next season.

Wenger may also be actively searching for replacements for Andriy Arshavin – tipped to be sold after another inconsistent season – or Samir Nasri who is yet to sign a contract extension.

Downing has two years left on his current contract, with Liverpool also in the hunt to sign the ex-Middlesbrough winger.

The 26-year-old has scored eight goals this season and been one of Villa’s top performers during a difficult season.

Villa will be anxious to tie up a new contract for Downing or sell him on in order to avoid the situation that they face with Ashley Young who has only one year remaining on his contract and looks likely to depart for a reduced fee to avoid him leaving on a Bosman next summer.