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Marchetti plays down Arsenal talk

July 6, 2013
By ESPN staff

Lazio goalkeeper Federico Marchetti has played down new speculation linking him with a move to Arsenal.

Federico Marchetti
GettyImagesArsene Wenger is said to have been keen on Marchetti for some time.

Marchetti, an Italy international, has been reported as a target for the Gunners in recent days, with the club said to be keen to finally find an established No. 1 at Emirates Stadium.

The 30-year-old would appear to fit that bill - he has cemented his reputation as one of the most reliable goalkeepers in Serie A since joining the Rome side from Cagliari in 2011 - but he has denied any knowledge of any interest.

"I know nothing about Arsenal," Marchetti told Sky Sport Italia. "I'm having a holiday and only thinking about relaxing. And then there is the president, who knows what to do."

Marchetti has long been on Arsene Wenger's radar, with the North London club believed to have made an offer for the shot-stopper while he was still at Cagliari.

QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar has also been linked with Arsenal this summer.