Arsenal transfer news and latest links as Gunners make ground in Champions League race
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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.
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.
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.
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 to renew chase of Xhaka in the summer [Football.London]
Matt Turner deal paperwork comes through [The Mail]
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.