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Wenger ‘surprised’ by Ibrahimovic link

19 Mar

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Ibrahimovic has scored 31 goals this season for Paris St-Germain

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he is “surprised” the club has been linked with a summer move to sign Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Ibrahimovic is a free agent at the end of the season and has announced he is likely to leave Paris St-Germain.

The 34-year-old scored four goals on Sunday as PSG beat Troyes 9-0 to win a fourth successive French league title.

“Look, at the moment, no,” Wenger said when asked if he was interested in a deal for Ibrahimovic.

The Swede has also played for Barcelona, Juventus, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Ajax and Malmo in his 17-year career, winning league titles in four countries.

This season he has scored 31 goals as PSG clinched the Ligue 1 trophy with eight games to spare.

Arsenal, meanwhile, are 11 points behind Premier League leaders Leicester and face Everton on Saturday at 12:45 GMT.

Wenger said: “We have other worries at the moment. It’s short-term. We are not on Zlatan’s case. Even at 34, he’s had a great season at PSG.”

He added: “I’m just surprised by the name you’ve thrown at me.”

In 2000, Ibrahimovic turned down a move to Arsenal, refusing to take a trial for Wenger.

“I couldn’t believe it. I was like ‘No way. Zlatan doesn’t do auditions’,” said the striker.

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