|Newcastle United striker Demba Ba|
Manager Alan Pardew admitted to concern earlier in December that Ba's current release clause could see him leave the club – with a fee of around seven million pound thought to force Newcastle's hand – but Ba spoke fondly of Arsenal amid reported interest from the north London outfit.
"Arsenal are one of these teams who make you dream," Ba told Canal+.
"I have nothing to say about the speculation. Nothing is about to happen.
"The press know Arsenal need another striker and also know about my release clause, and make their own mind up about it."
Arsenal have struggled in front of goal so far this season following the departure of last season's top scorer Van Persie to rivals Manchester United, and could be set for a busy transfer market after Goal.com exclusively revealed on Tuesday that manager Arsene Wenger has been given 50 millions pounds to rejuvenate his squad in January.