Sporting Lisbon star Carvalho expresses Arsenal desire

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Sporting Lisbon star William Carvalho has expressed his desire to play for Arsenal after admitting he's been a fan of the club since the days of Thierry Henry.

The central midfielder, 23, has long been linked with the Gunners and admits they would be his first choice if ever he was to move to the Premier League.

Arsenal only signed goalkeeper Petr Cech over the summer, but have often had the midfielder watched.

Carvalho currently has just over two and a half years left on his Sporting contract and the club is soon expected to open talks over a new deal for the £30million-rated star.

Although Carvalho admits he's currently happy where he is, his willingness to one day play for the Gunners will no doubt alert the Arsenal hierarchy.

Speaking to A Bola, Carvalho said: "I am where I want to be right now, which is Sporting, but if I ever do leave then it's a sign that my work here was well done. I dream of winning the Primeira Liga here.

"I prefer not to say too much, but there is a club with which I've always been fond of: Arsenal. Because of Thierry Henry, a player with whom I have always enjoyed watching.

"Maybe this is why I look with so much affection to the Premier League."