Arsenal are plotting a shock swoop for Wolves winger Matt Jarvis to fill the void left by the imminent departure of Samir Nasri to Manchester City.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has instructed his scouting team to monitor the England international’s progress over the coming weeks as he looks to replace the void left in midfield by Nasri and Cesc Fabregas, who will complete his switch to Barcelona on Monday.
Jarvis’ impressive displays last season earned his England debut against Ghana in March and subsequently caught the eye of Wenger, according to sources.
Wolves boss Mick McCarthy will be reluctant to let his prize asset leave, but his hands will be tied if a bid in the region of £10m is lodged.
The 25-year-old impressed again in Wolves 2-1 victory at Blackburn on Saturday, grabbing an assist and winning the penalty which eventually led to Stephen Ward’s goal.
Wolves boss Mick McCarthy was quick to praise Jarvis after the game.
“He’s a terrific player, he’s an England player,” said the former Republic of Ireland boss:
“He’s just terrific and what’s lovely about him is that for all his skills and his attacking qualities he puts the artisan qualities in as well and gets back and defends, it’s expected of him but he does it willingly.”