Arsenal transfer news and latest links as Gunners make ground in Champions League race

Gunners take advantage as Spurs, Manchester United and West Ham United slip up in race for the top four of the Premier League.
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Arsenal have conceded just three goals in their last seven Premier League games, and only one of those from open play.

The case for the defence is strong at the Emirates, as Mikel Arteta’s side push on to grab that last Champions League qualifying place in the league.

In a week when Manchester United suffered back-to-back draws, Spurs lost at home to Southampton and Wolves and West Ham drew with struggling Leicester, Arteta’s team got the job done against Wolves.

The reward is a nine-day break to work on the training pitch, with Arsenal not playing at the weekend as Chelsea are involved in the Club World Cup.

The chase for the top four promises to remain fraught but if the Gunners can hang in there and nick it, it could prove the making of the current side and help in recruiting forwards in the summer.

The Gunners now have three games in hand on London rivals the Irons and two on Manchester United.

Here are the latest Arsenal links and news stories with that in mind, as reports surface regarding transfer plans for the next window at the Emirates.

Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans. Picture: Alex Livesey/Getty ImagesLeicester midfielder Youri Tielemans. Picture: Alex Livesey/Getty Images
Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans. Picture: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Arsenal and Manchester United chase midfielder for summer transfer [Het Nieuwsbeld]

Both the Gunners and Red Devils are chasing Leicester City central midfielder Youri Tielemans.

That winner of the race for the top four could have the upper hand come the summer.

The player’s price tag has dropped to £35m according to reports.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal is put under pressure by Erik Pieters of Burnley during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Burnley at Emirates Stadium on January 23, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal is put under pressure by Erik Pieters of Burnley during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Burnley at Emirates Stadium on January 23, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal is put under pressure by Erik Pieters of Burnley during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Burnley at Emirates Stadium on January 23, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Saka wanted by several top Champions League clubs [The Express]

Liverpool and Manchester City are reported to be two sides interested in signing the England international, if Arsenal fail to make it to the Champions League themselves in the summer.

Roma are said to be eyeing up a double swoop for Arsenal duo Ashley Maitland-Niles and Granit Xhaka. The duo, who are believed to be keenly admired by Roma boss Jose Mourinho, could be sold in a £25m package. (Corriere dello Sport)Roma are said to be eyeing up a double swoop for Arsenal duo Ashley Maitland-Niles and Granit Xhaka. The duo, who are believed to be keenly admired by Roma boss Jose Mourinho, could be sold in a £25m package. (Corriere dello Sport)
Roma are said to be eyeing up a double swoop for Arsenal duo Ashley Maitland-Niles and Granit Xhaka. The duo, who are believed to be keenly admired by Roma boss Jose Mourinho, could be sold in a £25m package. (Corriere dello Sport)

Roma to renew chase of Xhaka in the summer [Football.London]

Matt Turner deal paperwork comes through [The Mail]

RB Leipzig have insisted that sought-after French playmaker Christopher Nkunku will stay put for at least another season, dealing a blow to Arsenal who have been linked with the 24-year old (Sky Sport Germany)RB Leipzig have insisted that sought-after French playmaker Christopher Nkunku will stay put for at least another season, dealing a blow to Arsenal who have been linked with the 24-year old (Sky Sport Germany)
RB Leipzig have insisted that sought-after French playmaker Christopher Nkunku will stay put for at least another season, dealing a blow to Arsenal who have been linked with the 24-year old (Sky Sport Germany)

Nkunku chase blow [Sky Sports Germany]

The RB Leipzig attacker will not be sold by the Bundesliga club this coming summer, with the Frenchman expected to stay in East Germany for another year.

Christopher Nkunku is believed to be a key transfer target for the Gunners.

No go for Wilshere at Arsenal [The Mirror]

The midfielder explained recently that Arteta has decided against offering the 30-year-old a contract at his former side.

Arteta perplexed by refereeing decision [BBC Sport]

The Arsenal boss could not understand the reasoning for handing Gabriel Martinelli two yellow cards in a matter of mere seconds during the win over Wolves on Thursday night.