By Nik Brumsack

Arsène Wenger admits he is a fan of Demba Ba, but says he did not move for the striker because of his similarity to Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud.

Ba is reportedly on the verge of signing for Chelsea after a fine start to the Premier League season saw him score 13 times for Newcastle before the turn of the year.

The Senegalese striker failed a medical at Stoke City in 2011, and Wenger believes Rafa Benitez's team will only buy the player if he can prove his long-term fitness.

“Some people say he didn’t manage to pass the medical at Stoke but the last things I heard it’s quite positive for him,” he told Arsenal Player. “I’m sure Chelsea will have a check on that and if they sign him it is because the problem is not as big as people say.

“I like Demba Ba personally, he is a similar type to Giroud who we just bought. It was one or the other one.”

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