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Friday, 6 October, 2000, 15:29 GMT 16:29 UK
Nowotny still keen on Gunners
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Jens Nowotny halts England's Michael Owen in Euro 2000
Jens Nowotny has revealed that his dream move to Arsenal is not yet dead.

The Bayer Leverkusen defender is seen by Arsene Wenger as the next Tony Adams, and the Gunners boss made a bid to sign him after Euro 2000.

But the deal failed to get off the ground when Arsenal were scared off by the 25million price tag which the German club put on the 26-year-old's head.

Nowotny trained with Germany at Arsenal's multi-million complex at London Colney, which has been the base for his national team as they prepared for the World Cup qualifier against England at Wembley.

He is clearly impressed by the set-up and hinted that he would welcome a move to the Gunners if the two clubs could agree a fee for Germany's 6ft 5in defensive lynchpin.

"As far as I know the option is still open," said Nowotny.

Main concern

"Arsenal's training ground has 10-15 pitches in pristine condition and it is every player's dream to train somewhere like that, no matter what the name of the club is.

"My main concern at the moment is to go out and play at Wembley and we shall see what happens after that.

"It is always interesting to consider a change of clubs, but if it is up to the general manager of Leverkusen - Reiner Calmund - then the chances are zero at the moment."

Nowotny said he was a fan of Adams - who will be 34 next Tuesday - the Highbury hero he is being lined up to replace.

He added: "It will be just as difficult to replace Adams as it was to replace Germany's own captain Lothar Matthaus one or two years ago.

"The great merits of Adams have been his solid performances over the last few years."

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