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    Alexandre Lacazette reveals his agents ‘are starting to look’ at transfer options with Arsenal contract expiring

    ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE revealed his agents ‘are starting to look’ at transfer options with his Arsenal contract running down. The Frenchman, who has started just four Premier League matches so far this season, has only seven months left on his current deal.
    Alexandre Lacazette revealed his agents ‘are starting to look’ at transfer optionsCredit: Getty
    And with the forward sitting down the Gunners pecking order, it has led to speculation he will not renew his contract.
    Lacazette, 30, is able to discuss an overseas free transfer away from the Emirates in January, when his future will be determined.
    He told Telefoot: “Of course, my agents are starting to look to the right and to the left. But not until January, I really want to focus myself on something.
    “And then we will see what is on offer, if the challenges are interesting, if there are beautiful projects, how they are counting on me.
    “So there are still many questions, I prefer to wait until January to position myself.”
    Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 32, has been leading the Arsenal line this season, leaving Lacazette warming the bench.

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    And with the rise in young talents like Emile Smith Rowe, 21, Bukayo Saka, 20, and Gabriel Martinelli, 20, his chances have decreased.
    Atletico Madrid and AC Milan are among the clubs currently linked with Lacazette, who has scored 68 times for Arsenal since 2017.
    Manager Mikel Arteta has not ruled out the possibility of extending the striker’s stay but wants to put all contract negotiations on hold for now.
    But Arsenal are unwilling to offer him another long-term deal on his current salary despite the player’s return to Arteta’s starting line-up in recent weeks.
    It is possible they could negotiate a 12-month extension but Lacazette has not been impressed by the club’s lack of urgency in sorting out his future.
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    Arsenal wonderkids Saka and Smith Rowe ‘worth at least £100m’ in the transfer market, claims ex-Chelsea ace Cole

    BUKAYO SAKA and Emile Smith Rowe have taken the Premier League by storm this year, and Joe Cole believes that the duo are worth ‘at least £100million’.The two Hale End Academy graduates have each made 13 appearances so far this season, and have registered seven goals and four assists between them.
    Both Saka and Smith Rowe appeared for England during the international breakCredit: Reuters
    And former Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole heaped praise on the Arsenal starlets whilst appearing on the All to Play For Podcast this week, saying: “Smith Rowe, he is holding Arsenal together.
    “What is 21 or 22? He’s the man they look to, him and Saka.
    “Young players are a commodity now. At Arsenal now, Saka and Smith Rowe, that must be at least £100 million worth of players.”
    Saka, 20, has made the headlines on numerous occasions over the past 12 months, from being named Arsenal’s player of the season in June to becoming a standout player in Gareth Southgate’s England squad.
    He is also amongst the 2021 Golden Boy nominees.
    Meanwhile, 21-year-old Smith Rowe cemented his spot in Mikel Arteta’s squad after he helped to inspire a 3-1 win over Chelsea on Boxing Day last year.

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    Both players appeared for England during the international break, with Smith Rowe making his debut against Albania after being called up to the squad by Southgate.
    He marked his first international start in the Three Lions’ 10-0 win against San Marino where he managed to secure a goal and an assist.
    Both players currently have long-term contracts with the Gunners, meaning it’ll be tough for any club to drag the duo away from the Emirates Stadium. More

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    Arsenal considering signing Juventus star Dejan Kulusevski in swap transfer for Nicolas Pepe

    ARSENAL are reportedly interested in signing Juventus winger Dejan Kulusevski in a swap deal for Nicolas Pepe.The Gunners splashed the cash in the summer transfer window and were the biggest spenders in the Premier League.
    Kulusevski could be set for a move to the Premier LeagueCredit: Getty
    Pepe has struggled since arriving in North LondonCredit: Rex
    But rather than resting on their laurels, Mikel Arteta is hoping to improve his squad further and believes Kulusevski could be the addition they need.
    The 21-year-old has featured 62 times for the Serie A giants since making his debut in 2020, scoring eight goals.
    But he has been out favour so far this season, starting just two of Juventus’ 12 league matches.
    As a result, he has been linked with a move away from Italy, with Tottenham also keeping tabs on the talented Swede.
    And Tutto Juve are now reporting that Arsenal would be willing to offer record transfer Pepe in exchange for Kulusevski.
    Pepe, 26, arrived at the Emirates in 2019 for a huge £72million, shattering the club’s previous highest fee of £56m for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    But he has failed to live up to the expectations of Arsenal fans, netting just 25 times in 98 games.
    In the 2021-22 campaign so far the Ivory Coast international has started five of the Gunners’ 11 Premier League games.
    And with the likes of Aubameyang, Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard in the squad, he could now be surplus to requirements.
    However, it was reported earlier this week that Arsenal are struggling to find a suitor for Pepe as they attempt to offload him.
    With his current deal running until 2024, he is expected to be incredibly difficult to sell for a cash value.
    So a swap for Kulusevski may be the perfect solution to Arsenal’s Pepe-shaped problem.
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    As well as the Juve forward, Arsenal have also been linked with a move for Club Brugge winger Noa Lang.
    A £25million January bid is reportedly being prepared for Lang – the exact price tag slapped on Pepe’s head.
    But Arsenal boss Arteta faces competition from the likes of AC Milan to land the winger’s signature. More

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    Arsenal ‘set to hold William Saliba transfer talks with Marseille desperate to sign defender permanently’

    ARSENAL will hold transfer talks with Marseille who are reportedly desperate to sign William Saliba on a permanent basis. The 20-year-old Arsenal defender is on a year-long loan at Marseille, but has been such a hit that they’re hoping to extend his stay past the end of this season.
    Saliba was in superb form against Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi and Neymar in a 0-0 draw with PSG last monthCredit: Getty
    The 6’4″ centre-back has helped Jorge Sampaoli’s side earn six clean sheets in their 13 league games so far this season, leaving them in fourth place in Ligue 1.
    And has become a pivotal part of their team as they look to challenge for Champions League places and progress through the Europa League.
    He has received rave reviews for his performances domestically and in Europe so far this season, with Marseille unbeaten in all four of their Europa League games.
    And transfer expert Ekrem Konur has reported that the club are hoping to sign Saliba permanently and will open talks about a move with Arsenal soon.
    Saliba joined the Gunners on a five-year deal for £27m from Saint Etienne in July 2019, but has yet to feature for them since making the switch to North London.
    He had only made 16 league appearances for Saint-Etienne when Arsenal signed him, and he was immediately loaned back to France for the 2019-20 season.

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    The Frenchman then returned and made six appearances for Arsenal under-23s last season, before being shipped back off to Nice on loan in January 2020.
    The loan was successful, as Saliba started 20 out of a possible 22 league games, helping the club finish ninth in the French top flight.
    And his stock has continued to rise this season, becoming a hugely influential part of the Marseille dressing room and the bedrock of their defence.
    He also recently become captain of France’s under-21s, who are top of Group H in the U21 European Championship qualifiers, conceding just once in five games.
    It is unclear whether Arsenal would be prepared to entertain any offers for the player, with Mikel Arteta reportedly viewing him as an exciting prospect for the future.
    But if they were to be tempted into selling, they would more than likely seek to at least recoup the £27m they paid for him more than two years ago.
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    £27m star Saliba could leave the Gunners without making a single appearance for the clubCredit: Getty – Contributor
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    Arsenal keeping tabs on Florian Wirtz, £45m Raheem Sterling transfer, Balogun EXCLUSIVE, Lacazette and Vlahovic UPDATES

    ARSENAL could loan out Folarin Balogun with the 20-year-old in need of some match experience.Balogun has made three appearances for the Gunners this season and he told reporters: “I feel like I am ready for a new challenge.”
    The Gunners are also in pole position to secure the signing of Raheem Sterling after Xavi tore up Barcelona’s January plans.
    The England winger has 18 months left on his contract and Man City are believed to be willing to accept an offer of around £45m
    But one man who may be heading to Barca is Arsenal’s striker Alexandre Lacazette, who Xavi is believed to still retain an interest in.
    Meanwhile, Arsenal fans have been given the hairdryer treatment by former rival boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
    Fergie has laid into the Wenger Out brigade, which he sees as having got the legendary Gunners boss sacked in 2018.
    We’ve also the very latest on Dusan Vlahovic, with Arsenal reportedly battling with North London rivals Tottenham for his signature.
    And in a boost for Arteta, Granix Xhaka has returned to training as he continues his comeback from a knee injury.
    Follow ALL of the latest updates below…
    RED DRAMA
    Arsenal have been handed a huge boost ahead of their match against Liverpool next weekend.
    Kop stars Sadio Mane and Jordan Henderson were both sent home from international duty with injuries, joining Roberto Firmino in the treatment room.
    However, Mane could be back in time for the Prem clash as his Senegal boss Aliou Cisse described the Reds star’s injury as nothing serious.
    Cisse told reporters: “He is an important player for the team. We took him out as a precaution and there is nothing serious.”
    ROWE ON
    England boss Gareth Southgate is banking on Arsenal star Emile Smith Rowe and Crystal Palace ace Conor Gallagher being the future of the Three Lions.
    Rowe and Gallagher were handed their England debuts this week and Southgate envisions the pair being the national team’s spine.
    Southgate said: “We think Conor [Gallagher] and Emile [Smith Rowe] are playing better than others we could have called in. Simple as that. The door is never closed.
    “I like the idea of bringing young players in because you’re investing in England’s future.
    “It would be easier perhaps in the short term to bring in an old player but I’m not certain there are older players playing better than those two in the positions they’re playing.”
    GLOBAL GUNNERS
    Arsenal had five players in action during this weekend’s international break.
    The Gunners face Liverpool next week in the Premier League and boss Mikel Arteta will hope to have all his national stars fit for the match.

    GUNNER COME
    Real Madrid star Luka Jovic is reportedly open to a move to Arsenal.
    The striker is said to be fed up with sitting on the bench at Real and wants to leave to pursue first-team football, according to AS.
    The Gunners have been chasing Jovic for quite some time so they could pounce on the Serb in the New year, although they haven’t made a concrete offer as of yet.
    Arsenal reportedly see Jovic as the ideal replacement for want-away attacker Alexandre Lacazette.
    RYAN MOVE
    Arsenal legend Kevin Campbell reckons the Gunners will make a move for Mat Ryan as a replacement for Bernd Leno.
    Leno’s lost his first-team spot to Aaron Ramsdale in Arsenal’s goal and could seek a move elsewhere.
    And Campbell reckons Real Sociedad stopper Ryan would be the ideal back-up option for Ramsdale.
    In fact, Campbell’s surprised Arsenal didn’t keep a hold of Ryan after bringing him on loan during the second half of last season.
    Campbell told Football Insider: “I was surprised that the club didn’t make a concrete move for Ryan.
    “Obviously Edu and Arteta had their eyes on Aaron Ramsdale.
    “Leno is going to leave next year so I think we could see Mat Ryan come back as number two to Ramsdale.”
    STERLING OPPORTUNITY
    Arsenal legend Kevin Campbell reckons Manchester City star Raheem Sterling could possibly join the Gunners.
    Sterling’s been linked with a move away from the Etihad recently and Campbell thinks the Emirates could be his next destination.
    The winger worked with Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta when he was a coach at City and Campbell believes that could play a part in Sterling’s decision to head to North London.
    He said to The Highbury Squad on YouTube: “I think there’s mileage in it. He [Arteta] really influenced him.
    “Nobody can argue that his output and return as a wide player. And he scored over 20 goals as a wide man, that’s huge.
    “If someone like him becomes available we have to be involved. We have to.”
    RAHEEM THE DREAM
    Arsenal legend Sol Campbell thinks Raheem Sterling COULD join Arsenal.
    The Gunners have been linked with a move for the England international for over a year now.
    And Sterling’s situation at Manchester City doesn’t seem to be sorted.
    Campbell thinks Arsenal have a chance of signing him.
    Speaking to The Highbury Squad on YouTube, he said: “I think there’s mileage in it. He [Arteta] really influenced him.
    “Nobody can argue that his output and return as a wide player. And he scored over 20 goals as a wide man, that’s huge.
    “If someone like him becomes available we have to be involved. We have to.”
    Barcelona are also interested in the winger.
    DUSAN DEMAND
    Spurs and Manchester City have been told they can have Serbian striker Dusan Vlahovic in January – if they cough up £70 million, writes PHIL THOMAS.
    Tottenham boss Antonio Conte has told his new employers Vlahovic, 21, is the first big-name signing he wants, to ease the pressure on Harry Kane.
    But City are also keen, and have regularly run the rule over the Fiorentina forward, who turned down a new deal last month and is out of contract in 2023.
    The Italians know they will lose the 21-year-old soon, and want to cash in at a premium in the upcoming window.
    Vlahovic, who hit 21 goals last season, has carried on his impressive form this term, with 15 more in 19 games.
    The Viola ace’s performances are said to have also caught the attention of Spurs’ bitter rivals Arsenal, who are also on the lookout for attacking reinforcements.
    LIV WITH IT
    Title challengers Liverpool are up next for Arsenal next weekend.
    The Reds did, however, lose their last outing against league high-flyers West Ham.
    David Moyes’ West Ham won the game 3-2 at the London Stadium.

    MORNING, GUNNERS FANS
    Arsenal are reportedly keeping tabs on Bayer Leverkusen starlet Florian Wirtz.
    According to El Nacional, Chelsea, Man Utd, City, Barcelona and Real Madrid are also keen on the 18-year-old midfielder.
    Despite it being claimed that the Blues and Los Blancos have shown the most interest in prising the midfielder away from Germany, the player is believed to prefer a move to Barca.
    In other news, Nicolas Pepe could be on his way out of the Emirates after failing to make his mark following a £72million switch from Lille.
    The 26-year-old has never really found his feet at Arsenal since his big money transfer two years ago and the Gunners are now eyeing other targets in his position.
    According to Football.London the club are working on a potential exit for the inconsistent winger.
    Meanwhile, Jack Wilshere has revealed that he’s considering retiring from football to become a manager.
    The 29-year-old remarked: “I have to think about it.
    “That is why I am doing the coaching. I have been forced into doing it a little bit but I am grateful for the opportunity.”
    And finally, Arsenal starlet Folarin Balogun is open to leaving the club on loan to develop his career.
    The 20-year-old said: “I do feel ready for a new challenge but at the same time I’m not sure what the challenge might be.
    “It might be a loan, of course, or if I’m needed at Arsenal, I’m here, and the gaffer knows that as well.”He said I should have trust in him and said he had a plan for me. That’s a big reason I did stay and decided to re-sign.”
    FLO RIDA
    Arsenal and Man Utd are just two clubs that are keeping tabs on Bayer Leverkusen starlet Florian Wirtz.
    According to El Nacional, Chelsea, Man City, Barcelona and Real Madrid are also keen on the 18-year-old midfielder.
    It has been claimed that the Blues and Los Blancos have shown the most interest in prising the midfielder away from Germany.
    Though the player is said to be keen on a move to Barca, with the youngster a fan of new boss Xavi.
    Though any potential suitor may have to wait until 2023 to sign Wirtz, who has chipped in with seven goals and as many assists from 14 games this season.

    WILD ABOUT FLO
    EXCLUSIVE – Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun is at the top of new Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder’s shopping list.
    Wilder knows his old club Sheffield United are also keen on the 20-year-old hitman.
    But he was at the England Under-21 game to watch ‘Flo’ first-hand last week.
    Boro need more firepower and Wilder has been told he will get funds to land players in the new year market.
    The Gunners are yet to decide what to do with Balogun in the second half of the season but if he goes out on loan there will be a sizeable queue.
    Wilder was named Boro boss last week, after eight months out of a job.

    PEP TALK
    Nicolas Pepe could be on his way out of the Emirates after failing to make his mark following a £72million move from Lille.
    The 26-year-old has never really found his feet at Arsenal since his big money transfer two years ago and the Gunners are now eyeing other targets in his position.
    According to football.london the club are working on a potential exit for the inconsistent winger.
    But despite Emirates bigwigs being happy to take just £25million for the Ivory Coast international, there is little interest from other clubs.
    It means the Gunners could have a job on their hands trying to sell Pepe with the player under contract at the club until the summer of 2024.
    He has played just five minutes of football in Arsenal’s last three Premier League games and is yet to score in the league this campaign.

    DONE AN DUS-TED
    Arsenal are reportedly not looking to bring Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic to the Emirates in Janaury.
    The Gunners have been linked with a move to sign the 21-year-old, but a move doesn’t seem likely.
    Speaking on his YouTube channel, Goal journalist Charles Watts said: “My understanding of it is – and I tweeted this out – is he’s not one of Arsenal’s targets when it comes to a new striker.
    “A lot of the talk is about January and from what I understand, it’s not happening.
    “There is certainly reasons why it’s good for Fiorentina that Arsenal want him.
    “But as far as I’m aware, there’s been no talks and negotiations.”
    SEAD TO SEE
    Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac suffered a ‘shocking’ injury while playing for Bosnia and Herzegovina against Finland.
    Kolasinac was forced off injured after just 39 minutes following the nasty challenge from Minnesota United’s Jukka Raitala.
    The Finnish defender was rightfully sent off by Premier League official Michael Oliver.
    Kolasinac, 28, has made only four appearances for Arsenal this season and he fights for his spot in Mikel Arteta’s squad.
    But the horror tackle and subsequent injury will not help his case if he faces time on the sidelines.

    DRAW DRAMA
    Vivianne Miedema helped Arsenal snatch a dramatic stoppage-time draw with Tottenham in an enthralling Women’s Football Weekend encounter.
    The WSL ace’s header cancelled out a Rachel Williams goal to deny Spurs’ boss Rehanne Skinner a birthday win at The Hive.
    While the result saw Tottenham break their hoodoo of WSL losses to their rivals they were denied a famous win and the chance to leapfrog champions Chelsea to second spot.
    Skinner, who turned 42, said: “You come into the game with the players so focused and ready to put in a performance.
    “I was just hoping as all managers do, that they pull that together and deliver on that.
    “Massive credit to them. I am so proud of their performances and everything they do as a team together. It’s a great point on my birthday.
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    MAT FINISH
    Arsenal could re-sign goalkeeper Mat Ryan in 2022 to replace Bernd Leno should he depart, claims former striker Kevin Campbell.
    Ryan impressed during his loan spell last term, but the club decided against permanently signing him as he linked up with Real Sociedad.
    Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “I was surprised that the club didn’t make a concrete move for Ryan,.
    “Obviously Edu and Arteta had their eyes on Aaron Ramsdale. As controversial as it was at the time, what a signing.
    2Ramsdale was getting stick before he signed. You have to look at it as a very justified decision. Ramsdale has been a revelation.
    “Leno is going to leave next year so I think we could see Mat Ryan come back as number two to Ramsdale.”
    WHITE NOISE
    Arsenal icon Ian Wright has lauded the centre-back partnership of Gabriel and Ben White.
    Speaking on the Kelly and Wrighty Show, he said: “I love the fact even with Benjamin White when he’s coming out and he said: ‘I don’t watch much football, I just play football’.
    “I love the fact that he’s brave enough and strong enough to admit that because he can deal with what comes with that.
    But when you look at his performances next to Gabriel, it’s very solid with the goalkeeper. It’s a very good team, those three are very solid.
    “They’re footballing centre-halves – into Thomas Partey, into Sambi Lokonga.
    Now Arsenal are looking like, with the structure and the way the team is playing, you can see if it has to go long they’ll do that, but if a defender has to run it into the midfield and then go from there, we saw Ben White setting up Emile Smith Rowe’s goal the other day.
    “So we’re looking at a team now with a lot of confidence.”
    WRIGHT DOUBLE
    Arsenal youngster Folarin Balogun has revealed he idolised Ian Wright as a kid after Martin Keown made comparisons between the pair.
    The 20-year-old striker used to study footage of Wright and even modelled his playing style off of the Gunners legend.
    When asked about Keown’s comparison, Balogun said to the Mail: “It was obviously nice to be compared to a club legend by Martin.
    What Ian’s done for Arsenal is amazing, what he’s done in his career is amazing.
    ‘Growing up I looked at Ian Wright, looked at his game, taken things from his game. I’ve just got to carve my own name out like he did.”
    CAMP DE BEEK
    Arsenal legend Kevin Campbell has urged his former club to take Donny van de Beek off Manchester United’s books.
    De Beek’s had a torrid time at United but Campbell reckons the Dutch star is a hidden gem that could flourish with Arsenal.
    “Speaking on the Highbury Squad YouTube channel, Campbell said: “There’s been a rumour about van de Beek at Manchester United.
    “It’s (not playing under Solskjaer) not his fault, how is it his fault?
    “He was at Ajax, he was unbelievable at Ajax. Gets signed by Manchester United and they won’t play him.
    “I don’t know, I’m just saying it’s a rumour. I only want what’s best for Arsenal and I believe that van de Beek can play if given the opportunity. The boy can play.”
    NO THOMAS NO PARTEY
    Arsenal have been dealt a big injury blow ahead of their crucial Premier League clash against Liverpool.
    Midfield regular Thomas Partey will not be involved for Ghana against South Africa on Sunday as he’s still receiving some treatment at his club.
    Partey missed the Gunners’ 1-0 win over newly promoted Watford last weekend with a thigh strain, and it has potentially thrown an appearance against title hopefuls Liverpool next weekend into doubt.
    But according to Goal reporter Charles Watts, Arsenal do have some hope he could make the trip to Anfield with their impressive ten-game unbeaten run on the line.
    Should he miss the game, Ainsley Maitland-Niles could be handed another start in the middle of the park.
    PART FIXED
    Arsenal are reportedly hoping that Thomas Partey will be fit to play against Liverpool next week.
    Partey missed the Gunners last game against Watford, but they’re optimistic he’ll be back to help them take on the Reds, according to Goal journalist Charles Watts.
    He said on his YouTube channel: “My understanding of it is that Arsenal are still hoping that he will be available for that Liverpool game.
    “And this is a more precautionary thing that rather a serious injury.”
    AUB IS WELL
    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave Arsenal an injury scare while on international duty with Gabon.
    The striker scored a penalty in Gabon’s 1-0 win over Libya but was stretchered off towards the end of the match.
    But Aubameyang’s injury doesn’t seem that serious and he was later seen dancing along with the Gabon squad on Instagram.
    An injury to one of their main goal threats would’ve presented Arsenal with a massive headache ahead of their Prem match against Liverpool next weekend.
    RAM’S THE MAN
    Ian Wright reckons Arsenal keeper Aaron Ramsdale is a major presence in the Gunners dressing room.
    Ramsdale’s been in superb form on the pitch but Wright doesn’t think his influence stops there.
    Speaking on the Kelly and Wrighty show, he said: “I think they must be even more surprised with what he brings to that dressing room.
    “You can see it when he’s playing. What you do see is how the players just continually come round him.
    “He’s a rallier and it’s something that Arsenal have needed.
    “People constantly talked about Arsenal when it wasn’t going well [that there was] no leaders, no characters in the dressing room.”
    AL SMILES
    Albert Sambi Lokonga has revealed that he’s very happy at Arsenal.
    The midfielder moved to the Emirates this summer from Anderlecht and has no regrets about his transfer so far.
    He said: “Yes, it’s gone a bit quicker than anticipated, but I was well prepared physically, mentally and on a football level.
    “I don’t want to say that I had the required qualities but apparently they suit the manager. I’m fighting for my spot, I play games and I’m getting minutes.
    I’m very happy. I made the right choice, but I already knew that.
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    Arsenal keeping tabs on Florian Wirtz, club unopposed to £45m Raheem Sterling move, Lacazette and Dusan Vlahovic UPDATES

    ARSENAL could loan out Folarin Balogun with the 20-year-old in need of some match experience.Balogun has made three appearances for the Gunners this season and he told reporters: “I feel like I am ready for a new challenge.”
    The Gunners are also in pole position to secure the signing of Raheem Sterling after Xavi tore up Barcelona’s January plans.
    The England winger has 18 months left on his contract and Man City are believed to be willing to accept an offer of around £45m
    But one man who may be heading to Barca is Arsenal’s striker Alexandre Lacazette, who Xavi is believed to still retain an interest in.
    Meanwhile, Arsenal fans have been given the hairdryer treatment by former rival boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
    Fergie has laid into the Wenger Out brigade, which he sees as having got the legendary Gunners boss sacked in 2018.
    We’ve also the very latest on Dusan Vlahovic, with Arsenal reportedly battling with North London rivals Tottenham for his signature.
    And in a boost for Arteta, Granix Xhaka has returned to training as he continues his comeback from a knee injury.
    Follow ALL of the latest updates below…
    FLO RIDA
    Arsenal and Man Utd are just two clubs that are keeping tabs on Bayer Leverkusen starlet Florian Wirtz.
    According to El Nacional, Chelsea, Man City, Barcelona and Real Madrid are also keen on the 18-year-old midfielder.
    It has been claimed that the Blues and Los Blancos have shown the most interest in prising the midfielder away from Germany.
    Though the player is said to be keen on a move to Barca, with the youngster a fan of new boss Xavi.
    Though any potential suitor may have to wait until 2023 to sign Wirtz, who has chipped in with seven goals and as many assists from 14 games this season.

    WILD ABOUT FLO
    EXCLUSIVE – Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun is at the top of new Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder’s shopping list.
    Wilder knows his old club Sheffield United are also keen on the 20-year-old hitman.
    But he was at the England Under-21 game to watch ‘Flo’ first-hand last week.
    Boro need more firepower and Wilder has been told he will get funds to land players in the new year market.
    The Gunners are yet to decide what to do with Balogun in the second half of the season but if he goes out on loan there will be a sizeable queue.
    Wilder was named Boro boss last week, after eight months out of a job.

    PEP TALK
    Nicolas Pepe could be on his way out of the Emirates after failing to make his mark following a £72million move from Lille.
    The 26-year-old has never really found his feet at Arsenal since his big money transfer two years ago and the Gunners are now eyeing other targets in his position.
    According to football.london the club are working on a potential exit for the inconsistent winger.
    But despite Emirates bigwigs being happy to take just £25million for the Ivory Coast international, there is little interest from other clubs.
    It means the Gunners could have a job on their hands trying to sell Pepe with the player under contract at the club until the summer of 2024.
    He has played just five minutes of football in Arsenal’s last three Premier League games and is yet to score in the league this campaign.

    DONE AN DUS-TED
    Arsenal are reportedly not looking to bring Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic to the Emirates in Janaury.
    The Gunners have been linked with a move to sign the 21-year-old, but a move doesn’t seem likely.
    Speaking on his YouTube channel, Goal journalist Charles Watts said: “My understanding of it is – and I tweeted this out – is he’s not one of Arsenal’s targets when it comes to a new striker.
    “A lot of the talk is about January and from what I understand, it’s not happening.
    “There is certainly reasons why it’s good for Fiorentina that Arsenal want him.
    “But as far as I’m aware, there’s been no talks and negotiations.”
    SEAD TO SEE
    Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac suffered a ‘shocking’ injury while playing for Bosnia and Herzegovina against Finland.
    Kolasinac was forced off injured after just 39 minutes following the nasty challenge from Minnesota United’s Jukka Raitala.
    The Finnish defender was rightfully sent off by Premier League official Michael Oliver.
    Kolasinac, 28, has made only four appearances for Arsenal this season and he fights for his spot in Mikel Arteta’s squad.
    But the horror tackle and subsequent injury will not help his case if he faces time on the sidelines.

    DRAW DRAMA
    Vivianne Miedema helped Arsenal snatch a dramatic stoppage-time draw with Tottenham in an enthralling Women’s Football Weekend encounter.
    The WSL ace’s header cancelled out a Rachel Williams goal to deny Spurs’ boss Rehanne Skinner a birthday win at The Hive.
    While the result saw Tottenham break their hoodoo of WSL losses to their rivals they were denied a famous win and the chance to leapfrog champions Chelsea to second spot.
    Skinner, who turned 42, said: “You come into the game with the players so focused and ready to put in a performance.
    “I was just hoping as all managers do, that they pull that together and deliver on that.
    “Massive credit to them. I am so proud of their performances and everything they do as a team together. It’s a great point on my birthday.
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    MAT FINISH
    Arsenal could re-sign goalkeeper Mat Ryan in 2022 to replace Bernd Leno should he depart, claims former striker Kevin Campbell.
    Ryan impressed during his loan spell last term, but the club decided against permanently signing him as he linked up with Real Sociedad.
    Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “I was surprised that the club didn’t make a concrete move for Ryan,.
    “Obviously Edu and Arteta had their eyes on Aaron Ramsdale. As controversial as it was at the time, what a signing.
    2Ramsdale was getting stick before he signed. You have to look at it as a very justified decision. Ramsdale has been a revelation.
    “Leno is going to leave next year so I think we could see Mat Ryan come back as number two to Ramsdale.”
    WHITE NOISE
    Arsenal icon Ian Wright has lauded the centre-back partnership of Gabriel and Ben White.
    Speaking on the Kelly and Wrighty Show, he said: “I love the fact even with Benjamin White when he’s coming out and he said: ‘I don’t watch much football, I just play football’.
    “I love the fact that he’s brave enough and strong enough to admit that because he can deal with what comes with that.
    But when you look at his performances next to Gabriel, it’s very solid with the goalkeeper. It’s a very good team, those three are very solid.
    “They’re footballing centre-halves – into Thomas Partey, into Sambi Lokonga.
    Now Arsenal are looking like, with the structure and the way the team is playing, you can see if it has to go long they’ll do that, but if a defender has to run it into the midfield and then go from there, we saw Ben White setting up Emile Smith Rowe’s goal the other day.
    “So we’re looking at a team now with a lot of confidence.”
    WRIGHT DOUBLE
    Arsenal youngster Folarin Balogun has revealed he idolised Ian Wright as a kid after Martin Keown made comparisons between the pair.
    The 20-year-old striker used to study footage of Wright and even modelled his playing style off of the Gunners legend.
    When asked about Keown’s comparison, Balogun said to the Mail: “It was obviously nice to be compared to a club legend by Martin.
    What Ian’s done for Arsenal is amazing, what he’s done in his career is amazing.
    ‘Growing up I looked at Ian Wright, looked at his game, taken things from his game. I’ve just got to carve my own name out like he did.”
    CAMP DE BEEK
    Arsenal legend Kevin Campbell has urged his former club to take Donny van de Beek off Manchester United’s books.
    De Beek’s had a torrid time at United but Campbell reckons the Dutch star is a hidden gem that could flourish with Arsenal.
    “Speaking on the Highbury Squad YouTube channel, Campbell said: “There’s been a rumour about van de Beek at Manchester United.
    “It’s (not playing under Solskjaer) not his fault, how is it his fault?
    “He was at Ajax, he was unbelievable at Ajax. Gets signed by Manchester United and they won’t play him.
    “I don’t know, I’m just saying it’s a rumour. I only want what’s best for Arsenal and I believe that van de Beek can play if given the opportunity. The boy can play.”
    NO THOMAS NO PARTEY
    Arsenal have been dealt a big injury blow ahead of their crucial Premier League clash against Liverpool.
    Midfield regular Thomas Partey will not be involved for Ghana against South Africa on Sunday as he’s still receiving some treatment at his club.
    Partey missed the Gunners’ 1-0 win over newly promoted Watford last weekend with a thigh strain, and it has potentially thrown an appearance against title hopefuls Liverpool next weekend into doubt.
    But according to Goal reporter Charles Watts, Arsenal do have some hope he could make the trip to Anfield with their impressive ten-game unbeaten run on the line.
    Should he miss the game, Ainsley Maitland-Niles could be handed another start in the middle of the park.
    PART FIXED
    Arsenal are reportedly hoping that Thomas Partey will be fit to play against Liverpool next week.
    Partey missed the Gunners last game against Watford, but they’re optimistic he’ll be back to help them take on the Reds, according to Goal journalist Charles Watts.
    He said on his YouTube channel: “My understanding of it is that Arsenal are still hoping that he will be available for that Liverpool game.
    “And this is a more precautionary thing that rather a serious injury.”
    AUB IS WELL
    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave Arsenal an injury scare while on international duty with Gabon.
    The striker scored a penalty in Gabon’s 1-0 win over Libya but was stretchered off towards the end of the match.
    But Aubameyang’s injury doesn’t seem that serious and he was later seen dancing along with the Gabon squad on Instagram.
    An injury to one of their main goal threats would’ve presented Arsenal with a massive headache ahead of their Prem match against Liverpool next weekend.
    RAM’S THE MAN
    Ian Wright reckons Arsenal keeper Aaron Ramsdale is a major presence in the Gunners dressing room.
    Ramsdale’s been in superb form on the pitch but Wright doesn’t think his influence stops there.
    Speaking on the Kelly and Wrighty show, he said: “I think they must be even more surprised with what he brings to that dressing room.
    “You can see it when he’s playing. What you do see is how the players just continually come round him.
    “He’s a rallier and it’s something that Arsenal have needed.
    “People constantly talked about Arsenal when it wasn’t going well [that there was] no leaders, no characters in the dressing room.”
    AL SMILES
    Albert Sambi Lokonga has revealed that he’s very happy at Arsenal.
    The midfielder moved to the Emirates this summer from Anderlecht and has no regrets about his transfer so far.
    He said: “Yes, it’s gone a bit quicker than anticipated, but I was well prepared physically, mentally and on a football level.
    “I don’t want to say that I had the required qualities but apparently they suit the manager. I’m fighting for my spot, I play games and I’m getting minutes.
    I’m very happy. I made the right choice, but I already knew that.
    MUM’S THE WORD
    Emile Smith Rowe has revealed that his first England cap is going to his mum.
    Rowe earned his first Three Lions cap following a string of impressive displays for Arsenal this season.
    The 21-year-old made his debut as a second-half sub in England’s 5-0 win over Albania last night, but he wants to share the accolade with his mother.
    When asked what he plans to do with the cap, Rowe said “It’s going straight to my mum, so thank you”
    ‘NOT ENOUGH’
    Arsenal legend Kevin Campbell reckons Gunners boss Mikel Arteta should offload Nicolas Pepe if doesn’t come good this season.
    Pepe joined the Gunners two years ago for £27m from Lille, but Campbell hasn’t been impressed by what he’s seen thus far.
    Speaking to the BBC, Campbell said: “This is the proving season for Pepe, I believe.
    “He will get a chance, it might be in the Carabao Cup, but he will get a chance. He’s got to shine, he has to. If he doesn’t…
    “What is it, the third year of a five-year deal? We’re still waiting for him to make the real break out, although he broke out a little bit at the back end of last season. Is that enough for a record signing? It’s not enough!”
    ROWE SUPPORT
    Folarin Balogun has revealed that he’s inspired by Arsenal team-mate Emile Smith Rowe’s career rise.
    Rowe’s become a staple in the Gunners first team and his performances have seen him earn a call-up to England’s national squad.
    And Balogun takes comfort in the fact that Rowe was playing U23’s football last year.
    He said: “This time last year Emile was playing Under-23s football. So it shows how quickly it can turn around.
    “It’s not overnight so it would be naive for me to think the process would happen overnight. When you’re ready you take your opportunity.”
    Balogun also explained that his Gunners pals Rowe and Bukayo Saka have been giving him advice on how to get to the next stage of his career.
    He added: “I’m not at the level I want to be. I speak to Emile and Bukayo [Saka] a lot. They tell me to be patient.
    “They tell me it is not an overnight thing, which it hasn’t been for them. It would be naive for me to think that.
    “You just have to keep practicing, then you see the rewards and when you are ready you will take the opportunity.”
    IDOL BECKS
    Emile Smith Rowe has revealed that David Beckham is his favourite England player.
    Arsenal star Rowe made his England debut this week and explained that he was in awe of Beckham when he was growing up.
    When speaking to the Three Lions YouTube channel, he said: “My England hero? I’m gonna go for Becks.
    “I have to, I have to say Beckham first.
    “The set-pieces, the free-kicks and all that — everything about him man. I have to give it to him.”
    BOSS JOB
    Jack Wilshere has revealed that he’s considering retiring from football to become a manager.
    Wilshere’s playing career has hit the skids after a string of injuries which have forced him to contemplate hanging up his boots.
    Which is why the 29-year-old is going for his coaching badges aswell as training with former club Arsenal in a bid to relaunch his career.
    When asked about retirement and his future by the BBC, Wilshere said: “I have to think about it.
    “That is why I am doing the coaching. I have been forced into doing it a little bit but I am grateful for the opportunity.”
    GUNNER GO
    Arsenal starlet Folarin Balogun is open to leaving the club on loan to develop his career.
    The 20-year-old’s admission comes after England U21 boss Lee Carsley suggested Balogun had outgrown Arsenal’s youth setup.
    Responding to Carsley’s claims, Balogun said: “I do feel ready for a new challenge but at the same time I’m not sure what the challenge might be.
    “It might be a loan, of course, or if I’m needed at Arsenal, I’m here, and the gaffer knows that as well.
    “He said I should have trust in him and said he had a plan for me. That’s a big reason I did stay and decided to re-sign.”
    MORNING, ARSENAL FANS
    Last night was a special one for Arsenal starlet Emile Smith Rowe.
    The London Colney graduate replaced Raheem Sterling in the 77th minute of England’s 5-0 demolition of Albania to make his international debut.
    After the match, he tweeted: “Buzzing to make my debut at Wembley. Great team performance.”
    Bukayo Saka, an unused substitute alongside Aaron Ramsdale, posted a picture of pal Smith Rowe on Instagram.
    He captioned it: “What a player.”
    Elsewhere, Kieran Tierney’s Scotland sealed a play-off berth for next year’s World Cup in Qatar with a 2-0 victory over Moldova.
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    And the Gunners full-back provided a telling contribution.
    The Tartan Army were in a commanding position, with goals by Nathan Patterson and Che Adams giving them a two-goal lead.
    But disaster nearly struck with ten minutes remaining, when Steve Clarke’s side conceded a penalty.
    Veteran goalkeeper Craig Gordon made a superb save, but the ball appeared at Moldova’s mercy to tap in the rebound.
    But Tierney somehow made up ground to complete a superb tackle, preserving Scotland’s clean sheet and allaying any late fears.
    Meanwhile, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang admitted that he ‘doesn’t care’ about Spurs hiring Antonio Conte.
    When asked about the appointment by Sky Sports, he responded: “I don’t care. I’ll be honest, I really don’t care. That’s not my problem, really…”
    PIZZA THE ACTION
    Emile Smith Rowe capped off an incredible 12 months by making his England debut tonight.
    Upon this achievement, Arsenal reminded fans that just 367 days ago, the attacking midfielder was playing for their youth team in the Papa John’s Trophy.

    HE’LL DU – By SunSport’s Paul Jiggins
    Tottenham are plotting to snatch Serbian sensation Dusan Vlahovic from under the noses of rivals Manchester City and Arsenal.
    New Spurs boss Antonio Conte wants another striker in January to take the weight off Harry Kane.
    The ambitious Italian only took charge of the North Londoners at the beginning of this month.
    But he has already made it clear to chairman Daniel Levy and managing director of football Fabio Paratici that he needs more options in attack.
    Vlahovic is top of Conte’s shopping list after bagging 21 goals for Fiorentina in Serie A last season.
    The frontman, 21, has netted eight goals in 12 league games this term and Italian giants Juventus are also keen.
    He was already on Paratici’s radar when the Italian joined Spurs as their new recruitment guru last summer.
    With Vlahovic’s contract due to expire in 2023, Fiorentina are said to be willing to cash in on their £65million-rated marksman.
    UNITED FRONT
    Arsene Wenger’s plans to host a World Cup every two years have been dealt a blow by unimpressed Premier League clubs.
    The ex-Arsenal boss had put forward a scheme to play the tournament biennially rather than once every four years as it currently is.
    The Frenchman is now Fifa’s chief of football development and has also suggested extending international windows.
    But all 20 top flight clubs have unanimously rejected the proposals amid concerns for player welfare and a packed domestic calendar.
    Premier League chief executive Richard Masters confirmed the united front and warned against tinkering in future.
    He said: “The Premier League is committed to preventing any radical changes to the post-2024 Fifa International Match Calendar that would adversely affect player welfare and threaten the competitiveness, calendar, structures and traditions of domestic football.”

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