Arsenal ‘wanted’ to land promising attacker amid former player update

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Arsenal secured an impressive 1-0 win over Manchester City last time out. Gabriel Martinelli came off the bench to score the winner four minutes from time.

Mikel Arteta’s side are now sat in joint-top of the Premier League along with rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Here is a look at some of the latest news and rumours coming out of the club...

Winger was eyed

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According to a report by German news outlet Bild, Arsenal ‘wanted’ to land Borussia Dortmund winger Jamie Bynoe-Gittens in the last transfer window along with league rivals Chelsea and Newcastle United. The 19-year-old, who is an England youth international, is being tipped for a bright future in the game and ended up staying in Germany beyond the deadline at the start of September.

Bynoe-Gittens joined Dortmund in 2020 from Manchester City and has since made 25 appearances in all competitions for the Bundesliga outfit, chipping in with three goals. The Reading-born man is under contract until 2028 meaning his current club are under no pressure to cash in on him anytime soon unless an offer that they can’t refuse comes in.

Former defender latest

Former Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos is being eyed by La Liga outfit Real Betis as they hunt for defensive reinforcements. As per reporter Fabrizio Romano on X, they are poised to ‘decide’ whether to land the experienced centre-back on a free transfer following an injury sustained by Marc Batra.

Papastathopoulos, 35, was on the books at the Emirates Stadium from 2018 to 2021 after joining them from Dortmund and went on to play 69 games for the London club altogether, finding the net on six occasions. He has also had spells in the past at AEK Athens, Genoa, Werder Bremen and most recently Olympiakos.

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