Arsene Wenger wants QPR's Moroccan playmaker Adel Taarabt to replace Cesc Fabregas as captain of Arsenal.
Arsenal have tabled a bid of £20 million to prize the talented 22 year old away from newly promoted QPR.
With Fabregas moving to Barcelona this week, Wenger sees the mercurial and hard working Taarabt as the man to help Arsenal win trophies.
Wenger has fought off stiff competition from Paris St Germain, Real Madrid and Marseilles for the signature of Adel Taarabt. The Moroccan's responsible attitude last season was instrumental in guiding QPR into the Premiership.
With Samir Nasri also likely to leave The Emirates, Wenger is desperate to add a bit of old fashioned steel to his midfield.
Taarabt has improved his defensive game under current manager Neil Warnock and his willingness to track back and 'get stuck' in has impressed Arsenal scouts.
Wenger has been following Taarabt for some time and spoke of his qualities:
"Adel's game is not just about passing the ball and nutmegging defenders. He is also an unselfish team player with a terrific work ethic."
The Arsenal manager met Taarabt and his agent in Marseilles last week and was impressed with his future captain:
"Adel is a very mature lad who is settled in London and will be captain of Arsenal for many years to come" said Wenger.
Adel Taarabt, who was born in Fez and comes from a family of jugglers and pickpockets, was married to his childhood sweetheart last week and is is expected to put pen to paper when he returns from his honeymoon.