Rowley Steps Up Search For Arsenal Summer Signings

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Arsenal Chief Scout, Steve Rowley has recently returned from a scouting mission to Argentina and Switzerland.

wearethenorthbank.com understands Rowley was in Argentina to run the rule over Ricardo Alvarez. He watched Vélez Sarsfield defeat Gimnasia La Plata 2-0 in the Primera Division on May 22, a game in which Alvarez came on as a second half sub.

Arsene Wenger has briefed Rowley and his network of scouts to shortlist targets ahead of the new season.

Wenger also wants to strengthen his midfield and create competition for Alex Song – who could be off to the African Cup of Nations in January.

The Arsenal boss rates Emmanuel Frimpong highly, but with the inexperienced 19-year-old having missed the entirety of last season due to a knee injury, he cannot rely on the youngster making an immediate impact.

Wenger today missed out on Phil Jones whom he had earmarked to provide cover in the holding midfield role as well as bolster Arsenal’s defence.

After leaving Argentina, Rowley headed off to Switzerland to watch the Elite Group 2 of the European Under-19 Championships – a round Robin featuring England, Spain, Montenegro and host nation Switzerland.

Rowley was once again casting his eye over Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – as well as scouting for other talent.

Arsenal have since continued talks with Southampton over signing the 17 year old.