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22nd December 2022

ARSENAL are open to signing a new forward in January with Gabriel Jesus sidelined following knee surgery.

Shakhtar Donestk youngster Mykhaylo Mudryk was on the north Londoners' radar in the summer and is still wanted by Arteta.

Elsewhere, the Gunners have shown an interest in World Cup finalist Adrien Rabiot.

The midfielder turned down a move to Manchester United in the summer but has admitted that he is open to joining a Premier League side in the future.

Meanwhile Gabriel Martinelli has reportedly extended his contract at the Emirates until 2027.

Martinelli, 21, was picked up from the lower leagues of Brazilian football in 2019 and he has become an integral part of the team

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  • Kostas Lianos

    Yes we Cun

    Arsenal look set to lose out on Atletico Madrid ace Matheus Cunha with Wolves confident of landing him.

    The Midland club's new manager Julen Lopetegui is looking to bring reinforcements into Molineux after taking over.

    And the club looks to have gotten a boost as the Mail indicates they are closing in on Cunha.

    The striker is out of favour at Atletico and had been linked with a Premier League move.

    Arsenal were among several Prem clubs linked with the 23-year-old.

    But it now appears very likely the Brazil international will be heading to Wolves

  • Kostas Lianos

    Martinelli new deal

    Arsenal ace Gabriel Martinelli is reportedly closing in on a new big money deal at the Emirates.

    Martinelli, 21, has already scored five goals in 14 Premier League games this season, one fewer than what he achieved in the entirety of the last campaign.

    The forward has also featured in every single league match this season, compared to last term when he was not always a regular starter under manager Mikel Arteta.

    The Gunners' faithful will be praying he can put Brazil's 2022 World Cup disappointment behind him and continue to march on

  • Kostas Lianos

    Alexis Mac Allister interest

    Arsenal may soon find themselves in a transfer war with Tottenham and Atletico Madrid to sign Brighton's 2022 World Cup star Alexis Mac Allister.

    Mac Allister capped a fantastic World Cup by being one of Argentina's star players in their dramatic final win against France.

    The 23-year-old is set to return to the Amex Stadium while big clubs fight over his signature.

    According to AS, the Gunners and Atletico are the main contenders for the midfielder, but it is likely his value has skyrocketed after his World Cup performances.

    Sky Sports add that Spurs have held an interest in the Argentine since before the tournament in Qatar

  • Kostas Lianos

    Arsenal close to Mudryk

    Arsenal are "now in talks" with both Shakhtar Donetsk and Mykhaylo Mudryk’s representatives.

    That is according to CBS reporter Ben Jacobs, who claims talks with Mudryk's representatives are "easy" but negotiations with Shakhtar are "a whole lot harder".

    Jacobs said: “Arsenal have made the move on Mudryk in the sense that they are now in talks with both Shakhtar and Mudryk’s representatives.

    “The talks with Mudryk’s representatives are easy because Mudryk wants Arsenal; the negotiations with Shakhtar are a whole lot harder”

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  • Kealan Hughes

    Arsenal eye World Cup finalist

    Arsenal are interested in signing France and Juventus star Adrien Rabiot, according to La Repubblica.

    Juve tried to sell him in the summer, but the agreement with Manchester United could not be completed because of personal terms.

    They know they will struggle to tie him to a new deal after he impressed at the WC, and Arsenal is looking to take advantage to land him.

    Instead of waiting until he becomes a free agent when other clubs will enter the race for his signature, Mikel Arteta’s men are now pushing to land him in January.

  • Kealan Hughes

    Pressure on Nketiah to succeed

    Nigel Winterburn wants Arsenal to sign a striker to relieve the pressure on Eddie Nketiah.

    Nketiah is the Gunners' only fit striker following the injury to Gabriel Jesus, and that has sparked concerns about Arsenal's firepower in attack.

    Winterburn told  Paddy Power: “I'd take as many strikers as I could at Arsenal because you need that rotation, especially with all the injuries we have. I've heard a lot of different things with the timings of Jesus return, but we simply don't know when it’ll be.

    “The pressure is going to fall onto Eddie Nketiah, as well as the rest of the team, to deliver those goals that will keep us around the top of the league, if not at the top. Arsenal have the players that can sustain that real quality that they had before the World Cup.

    “If they [Arsenal] could bring somebody in to complement the squad, that would be fantastic. Strikers change games and win games for you. I don't know whether Arsenal are going to go for anyone in the window because it's so difficult to analyse, but we’ll find out early in the window.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    Ronaldo tips Martinelli for stardom

    Brazil legend Ronaldo Nazario believes that Gabriel Martinelli will 'stand out' at the 2026 World Cup.

    He told Apostagolos: "He is definitely a great asset, is developing wonderfully at Arsenal and showed his potential in the group stage in Qatar. He will certainly stand out at the 2026 World Cup."

    "We are very excited about him. What impresses me the most is that he plays with a lot of passion and self-confidence."

  • Kealan Hughes

    Pepe booed by Tottenham fans

    Arsenal star Nicolas Pepe, who is on loan at Nice, was booed by Tottenham fans as he visited North London on Wednesday.

    Pepe played the full 90 minutes but was unable to produce a winning goal in the 1-1 draw.

  • Kealan Hughes

    Vlahovic consering Juventus January exit

    Dusan Vlahovic is open to leaving Juventus in January with Arsenal monitoring his situation in Turin.

    The futures of a number of Juventus stars coming under scrutiny with The Times reporting Vlahovic is among those considering an exit.

    The 28-year-old is said to be open to a move away from Turin either next month or in the summer with Arsenal keeping tabs.

    Recent reports in Italy have also suggested Manchester United have entered the race for Vlahovic, with Erik ten Hag eager to bring in a centre forward in January with Anthony Martial his only recognised option through the middle.

  • Kealan Hughes

    Guardiola shares support for Jesus

    Pep Guardiola has shared his sympathy for Gabriel Jesus after the Arsenal striker was ruled out for up to three months with a knee injury.

    He said: “I am so sorry for Gabriel. I would prefer that he could play immediately with Arsenal.

    "He’s an important player for them, like he was for us. I want him to have an incredible and speedy recovery – I am so sorry for him because I know there isn’t one person at this club who could speak badly about him, but he will be back.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    Arsenal interested in Barcelona star

    Arsenal want to sign Barcelona forward Ferran Torres, according to reputable journalist Dean Jones.

    Jones has claimed that Arsenal “clearly believe” Torres will be available for transfer in January, with the club having previously enquired about the 22-year-old’s availability in the summer.

    Speaking to GiveMeSport Jones claimed: “They really like Ferran Torres, and they clearly believe he might become available because they inquired about him in the summer as well.

    “So, if they’re sniffing around him again now, they sense that something’s up.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    Saliba has "point to prove"

    Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell believes William Saliba will have a point to prove on his return to the Gunners squad.

    Saliba was a fringe player for France at the World Cup and Campbell thinks he will be eager to impress.

    He said on the Highbury Squad YouTube channel: "I think Saliba has a big point to prove as well. A big point.

    "The players who played are ahead of him in the hierarchy in the [France] squad, but the reason he didn’t play is because he’s not winning and he’s got to win.

    "Go back and win, keep performing, keep getting Player of the Month, keep doing well. Let Deschamps keep looking over and make sure that Saliba is on everybody’s lips. That’s important as a young player."

  • Kealan Hughes

    Saka and Martinelli make return

    Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli took part in a friendly against Luton on Wednesday.

    Both players were left out of the game against Juventus on Saturday but were fit enough to play 45 minutes against the Hatters.

    That means both could be in contention to start against West Ham on Boxing Day.

  • Kealan Hughes

    Beth Mead wins BBC SPOTY

    Arsenal Women star Beth Mead was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year on Wednesday.

    The midfielder played a key role in England winning the Euros and was named as the player of the tournament.

    She said of the win: "I'm incredibly honoured to win this award.

    "I wouldn't have done it without the girls. The team have backed me. Yes, I've won this accolade, I've scored a few goals but I wouldn't have done it without them.

    "This is for women's sport and women's sport heading in the right direction. Let's keep pushing girls, let's keep doing the right thing."

  • Kealan Hughes

    Soares loan move in doubt

    Cedric Soares' Arsenal wages could scupper a loan move to Fulham next month.

    The Cottagers have held talks with the right-back's representatives over a switch to west London next month with boss Marco Silva keen to sign his compatriot.

    But the former Southampton star's weekly wage of around £75,000 is proving a stumbling block.

    Silva is keen to add to his squad next month following a strong start to the season which left the promoted side ninth ahead of the restart on Boxing Day.

    No official approach has been made to the Gunners so far, with Mikel Arteta also yet to decide whether he would sanction Cedric's departure.

  • Kealan Hughes

    Carragher fascinated by Granit Xhaka

    Jame Carragher has revealed he has always been fascinated about why Granit Xhaka has always been picked by different Arsenal managers.

    He told Sky Sports: “He’s had a lot of criticism but what’s always fascinated me is that it wasn’t just you – it was Arsene Wenger.

    “And every manager after him, every manager always picked him.

    “I just thought he must have real leadership qualities, he must be a good guy around the place.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    Prem chiefs accept VAR mistakes

    Premier League chiefs have accepted there have been six game-changing “wrong” VAR decisions in the first half of the season.

    Among the six shockers accepted by the Prem hierarchy was Gabriel Martinelli’s disallowed goal for Arsenal against Manchester United.

    The Brazilian’s goal was chalked off after referee Paul Tierney consulted the VAR monitor and wrongly decided Martin Odegaard had fouled Christian Eriksen in the build-up.

    The decision had a big impact as United took the lead shortly afterwards and won the match 3-1, inflicting Arsenal's only league defeat of the season.

  • Kealan Hughes

    Arteta talks Ben White role

    Mikel Arteta revealed he thought about moving Ben White to right-back last season – but didn't as he needed another accomplished centre-back.

    He told Sky Sports: “I already had that idea last year but I didn’t think that we had somebody in that position to replace [White] in what I wanted him to do.

    “The moment that Saliba came in, in pre-season I looked at the amount of development that he had in the last year at Marseille.

    "I just said ‘We need to adapt this’, and straight away after that I had in my head that we had to do Oleksandr [Zinchenko] in that way I could fit in exactly what I wanted for this team.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    Petit has Eddie Nketiah fears

    Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit claims Eddie Nketiah isn't ready to replace injured star Gabriel Jesus because he is "still young".

    He told Mega Casino: "The first eleven is of exceptional quality but the depth on the bench isn’t as good as it needs to be and if you want to compete with Manchester City, Liverpool, you need more and you need to be clever in the transfer market, especially when you’re without a player like Jesus.

    "Nketiah is a good player but he is still young. He is gaining experience all the time, but you can’t replace Jesus with Nketiah and expect the same results. It is too soon for him. If you put him in and expect that, that is not fair on the player, but his time will come."

  • Kealan Hughes

    Pablo Mari set to return

    Out on loan Arsenal star Pablo Mari is set to play for the first time since being stabbed in October.

    The defender was hospitalised following the attack and has been out of action for the past few weeks.

    But Monza have called him up for a friendly against Lyon today and could make an appearance.

  • Kealan Hughes

    Arsenal eye free agent transfer

    Arsenal are reportedly giving consideration to making an approach for Isco, who is available on a free transfer.

    According to Fichajes, Arteta could insist on moving for Isco now that a transfer fee will not be involved.

    The 30-year-old ended his time at Real Madrid in the summer to move to Sevilla, where it was expected that he would spend the next period of his career.

    Instead, a change in head coach and fallout behind the scenes have led to Isco being released from his contract, despite 18 months still being left to run.

  • Kealan Hughes

    Arteta speaks about "idol" Guardiola

    Mikel Arteta has revealed that he was determined to work with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City to help his 'idol' change English football.

    He told Sky Sports: "We met when I was 15 years old. He was my idol, he was the one to emulate if I wanted to be a first-team player at Barcelona, and we built that relationship from there.

    "And one day it was very clear to me, (Guardiola said) 'the day that I'm in England, I have a dream to do what I did in Barcelona in this league when everybody said it is impossible to do, and I would like your help and support and experience to help me to achieve that dream'. That was it.

    "We had to change a lot of the departments. We had to understand the culture of English football, how the referees act, how the media work. There was a lot of things that Pep was very interested (in), and I spent 14-15 years of my life in this country, so he was very interested in that."

  • Kealan Hughes

    Arteta dislikes key Saliba trait

    Mikel Arteta and Jamie Carragher were in agreement that they don’t like centre-backs dribbling with the ball, as they highlighted Arsenal’s William Saliba.

    Arteta told Sky Sports: "I have always said, in my opinion, the hardest position to play in the Premier League is at centre-back. You can be exceptionally well in everything we ask you for, but you just need an action where you give half a yard in the box to somebody, he outjumps you and scores a goal, and then you are in all of the highlights.

    “What William (Saliba) has done here, for example, he has the composure to do that (bringing the ball out from the back). In my opinion, I don’t like the central-defenders dribbling.

    "He has to dribble here (against Brentford) because two seconds before he has done something that’s not right. It’s not a necessity to do that action. But he is still able to resolve that situation.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    Arteta speaks about Aubameyang departure

    Mikel Arteta claims ‘several players’ were holding Arsenal back when discussing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s exit earlier this year.

    When asked about the decision to get rid of Aubameyang, Arteta told Sky Sports: "First of all I didn’t take that decision, we took that decision as a club.

    "Obviously there is my recommendation and what I feel that we need to do to get where we want. But I wouldn’t like to single out one player. I think it was with several players.

    "It was part of the strategy of what we’re trying to build.

    "At the end of the day, when you are in that process and you want to go faster there are people holding that boat [back] and putting weight on it.

    "I’m sorry but we want to go even faster and there’s no time, whether it’s a player or a staff member, for someone damaging the club and we made that decision.’

  • Kealan Hughes

    Redknapp highlights "major" Arteta problem

    Jamie Redknapp has warned Mikel Arteta that failing to replace Gabriel Jesus in the January transfer window could derail Arsenal's title bid.

    He told Sky Sports: "The biggest disadvantage by far is Arsenal because of losing Jesus. What that would do to the team, only time will tell.

    "I think right now, that’s a major problem for Mikel Arteta. He would have looked at that and thought ‘out of all the players I didn’t want to lose, it would have been him’.

    "It’s not his goals, it’s more what he does for the team. He goes and chases and presses. Wins the ball. Sets the tempo as a striker. He’s a player they haven’t had for so long. And that’s terrible news for this Arsenal team.

    "How are they going to react? You are going to buy someone in the window. It’s not as easy as that to find a player of his calibre."

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