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ARSENAL are set to beat Spanish giants Real Madrid in the race to sign Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic in January, according to reports.

Elsewhere, the Gunners have been handed a boost with Gabriel Jesus edging closer to a return.

Meanwhile, Ivan Toney is torn over whether to make a January move or to remain at Brentford until at least the summer, SunSport can exclusively reveal.

Our source said: "A lot of people assume Ivan will be on his way after Christmas, but no deal has been done – and nothing has been decided."

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  • By Cosmo Teare

    Arsenal set to miss out on Ruben Neves

    Arsenal are set to miss out on a move for Al-Hilal's Ruben Neves.

    The midfielder has been linked with a move to Newcastle and Arsenal.

    But according to The Athletic he is now happy in Saudi Arabia and not looking to move.


    Neves to reject Arsenal and Newcastle despite Premier League vote result

  • By Cosmo Teare

    Arsenal interested in Santos striker

    Arsenal and Manchester United are reportedly ready to battle it out for Santos striker Marcos Leonardo.

    The forward will leave Santos this January and will cost £20million according to 90Min.

    Arsenal will be hoping that sporting director Edu's excellent links with Brazilian clubs will help them steal a march.

    Credit: Getty
  • By Cosmo Teare

    Jorginho 'could leave for free'

    Jorginho's agent Joao Santos has said that Jorginho could leave the club for free this summer.

    Speaking to TUTTOmercatoWEB, he said: "Everything is at a standstill.

    "We’ll think about it after February. However, the priority remains Arsenal."

    Jorginho has started just four of Arsenal's 12 Premier League games so far this season.

  • By Cosmo Teare

    Tierney back in training

    Kieran Tierney has posted a picture to his Instagram story of him training for Real Sociedad.

    The defender was expected to be ruled out long-term with a hamstring injury.

    But he now appears to be back well ahead of schedule as he looks to kick start his career in LaLiga.

  • By Cosmo Teare

    Gallas calls on William Saliba to learn from his example

    William Gallas has called on William Saliba to learn from his example when looking to nail down a place in the France national team.

    He said to Genting Casino: "He reminds me of myself. I was waiting for an opportunity to play for France after playing in the Champions League for a few seasons. I was playing next to Marcel Desailly, my club team mate, against Slovenia for my first cap.

    "I said myself ‘you have to take this opportunity’. I knew that I could establish myself in that team for years if I played well and that’s what I did. I had a good game against Slovenia and went on to receive 84 caps for France.

    "I think I was a substitute once or twice in that period. Saliba can do the same thing if he takes his opportunity. He just needs to be patient."

  • By Cosmo Teare

    William Gallas backs Saliba to get in the France side

    William Gallas has backed William Gallas to make the France shirt his own.

    The Arsenal defender is currently behind Dayot Upamecano and Jean-Clair Todibo in the pecking order.

    Gallas told Genting Casino: "He needs to show everyone how good he is in a French shirt. When he does that, the conversation about him (playing for France) is finished.

    "The debate about who will play for France will disappear because Saliba can establish himself as France’s best defender. He can be the first-choice centre back of Didier Deschamps."

    Credit: AFP
  • By Kostas Lianos

    Hav a look

    Arsenal ace Kai Havertz could be set to kickstart a mid-season revolution after performing in a new role over the international break.

    Havertz was signed from Chelsea last summer to play on the left side of the Gunners' midfield.

    However, after a low-key start in the new role, the North Londoners may be open to exploring a change.

    Reports have linked Arsenal with a transfer for Al-Hilal star Ruben Neves and Bayer Leverkusen ace Florian Wirtz, there are also links with Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic.

    Havertz, well known for his versatility, could also facilitate this change after he was handed by new position by Germany boss Julian Nagelsmann.

    The 24-year-old scored after just four minutes for the German national team while playing at left-back against Turkey.

  • By Kostas Lianos

    Ivan Toney returns

    Brentford star and Arsenal transfer target Ivan Toney was on target in a behind-closed-doors friendly.

    It was Toney's third appearance since he was allowed to resume training after breaching FA betting rules.

    The Bees faced off against Watford with a number of first-team stars featuring as team-mates jetted off around the world for the international break.

    The Hornets triumphed over during the match at Brentford's Jersey Road training ground.

    That is despite Ben Mee, Zanka, Vitaly Janelt, Neal Maupay and Toney all playing in the game.

  • By Kostas Lianos

    Rice and Xhaka comparison

    Arsenal superstar Declan Rice is already justifying his massive £105million transfer fee.

    But shock stats show that Granit Xhaka – the man Rice replaced – is doing even better this season.

    The England international was snapped up by the Gunners from West Ham after Xhaka was sold to Bayer Leverkusen for £21.5m.

    More below:

  • By Kostas Lianos

    Arteta VAR rant ‘unnecessary’

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta's rant was "unnecessary" and risked damaging the club's image, insists ex-vice-chairman David Dein.

    It would not have happened. It did not do the image of the club any good. But it’s an emotional game.

    He felt aggrieved — but it was a bit of misdirection.

    Arsenal only had one shot at goal so you can’t say they deserved to win.

    David DeintalkSPORT

  • By Kostas Lianos

    Gilberto Silva lining

    Arsenal legend Gilberto Silva urged manager Mikel Arteta to "be like a fisherman" during the January transfer window.

    I heard that they were maybe looking for some midfielders especially because of [Thomas] Partey being injured at times.

    I'm not sure if it's 100 per cent going to happen but obviously, they have to be aware that this is a very short window and very specific.

    You have to be like a fisherman sometimes, to grab the right player that you really need that's going to help you to win games and to be useful for the rest of the season. Also to improve the way you play.

    It's not about sometimes bringing a player because you need (them). Speaking to people there, [sporting director] Edu many times, they are working hard to have the data and what they think is right for the club in terms of targets.

    The market is very competitive as well, sometimes you have to be fast and not lose the opportunity.

    Gilberto SilvaThe Mirror

  • By Kostas Lianos

    Out of Les Bleus

    Montpellier manager Michel Der Zakarian has slammed Arsenal legend and France Under-21 boss Thierry Henry for his criticism of Ligue 1.

    Henry labelled the French first division as "boring" last week following a fleet of low scoring games.

    I don’t agree with Thierry Henry. Where has he managed? What did he do at AS Monaco?

    The guy works for the FFF and criticises French football. It’s nonsense!

    It’s easy to criticise the league when you’re the manager of the France U21 team. He won 4-0 twice but against whom?

    He hasn’t beaten anyone. If he wins 5-0 against Spain or Italy, I’ll say well done.

    Michel Der ZakarianMidi Libre

  • By Kostas Lianos

    FT: North Macedonia 1-1 England

    England drew 1-1 with North Macedonia in their final Euro 2024 qualifier ahead of the finals in Germany.

    The hosts opened the scoring with a controversial penalty that was awarded after Rico Lewis appeared to merely touch Bojan Miovski with his hand while heading the ball away.

    The Three Lions' goalkeeper Jordan Pickford denied Enis Bardhi from the spot but the Trabzonspor star followed it up with a rebound to break the deadlock four minutes before half time.

    But the Three Lions equalised after 59 minutes following an own goal by Jani Atanasov.

    Follow all the live reaction in our live blog page HERE

    Credit: AFP
  • By Kostas Lianos

    North Macedonia 1-1 England

    England have equalised against North Macedonia following an own goal by Jani Atanasov.

    Atanasov’s oggie cancels out a controversial penalty that was awarded in the first half.

    Follow all the live action in our live blog page HERE

  • By Kostas Lianos

    What Arteta said about Rice

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta urged Declan Rice to forget the £105million the club paid West Ham to sign him and just be himself.

    In a really natural way. He’s a really intelligent person, I think he has the right experience.

    He’s an international player as well, and he needs to forget about the price tag.

    You cannot play to try and justify every ball the £100m that they pay for you.

    It doesn’t work like that. It has to come naturally, he needs to be himself, he’s an exceptional player and he needs to put that for the team in the best possible way.

    Mikel Arteta

  • By Kostas Lianos

    HT: North Macedonia 1-0 England

    North Macedonia lead against England thanks to a controversial penalty kick that was awarded after a VAR check.

    Enis Bardhi beat Jordan Pickford with a rebound after the Three Lions’ keeper denied his spot-kick four minutes before half-time.

    The challenge before the pen was very light as Rico Lewis caught Bojan Miovski with his hand as he headed the ball.

    Follow all the live action in our live blog page HERE

  • By Kostas Lianos

    North Macedonia 1-0 England

    North Macedonia have broken the deadlock with a penalty kick by Enis Bardhi four minutes before half-time.

    The hosts were awarded a harsh spot-kick after a VAR check by the match official.

    The challenge was light as Rico Lewis caught Bojan Miovski with his hand while heading the ball.

    Follow all the live action in our live blog page HERE

  • By Kostas Lianos

    Mikel Arteta advice

    Arsenal star Declan Rice has admitted he didn't feel "normal" after his record £105million move to North London but words of advice from manager Mikel Arteta turned things around.

    You’re a human being bought for £105m, it doesn’t feel very normal, when the transfer was going through I was very nervous because of the price tag.

    It’s natural to think about that… But that was because of what I’d done at West Ham, what they valued me at.

    So when I signed for Arsenal, I just thought I just need to be Declan Rice, be myself, don’t be any different, everything will go smoothly.

    The first three weeks of pre-season were really tough in terms of the change. When you’re at a new job you start to feel really settled after a few weeks.

    That really feels the case now. In terms of the price-tag, I don’t really think about it, I just play the games and try to play as well as possible.

    Declan Rice

  • By Kostas Lianos

    North Macedonia 0-0 England

    Peep! Off we go at the Tose Proeski Arena as England face North Macedonia in their final Euro 2024 qualifier.

    The Three Lions have already punched their ticket to the finals in Germany and will be seeded ahead of the draw.

    Follow all the live action in our live blog page HERE

  • By Kostas Lianos

    Come and Take him

    Bayern Munich are considering a swoop for Arsenal ace Takehiro Tomiyasu.

    According to transfer insider Florian Plettenberg, Bayern are considering a bid for Tomiyasu.

    The German champions are interested in the defender because he can play as a centre-back and a full-back.

    A January transfer is understood to be unrealistic as the Japan international is set to play at the Asian Cup.

    However, the Bavarians are expected to continue monitoring the 25-year-old until the summer window opens.

  • By Kostas Lianos

    North Macedonia vs England formations

    Arsenal star Declan Rice starts in midfield while Bukayo Saka plays on the right flank for England against North Macedonia.

    Follow all the live action in our live blog page HERE

  • By Kostas Lianos

    North Macedonia XI

    And here’s who North Macedonia manager Blagoja Milevski has fielded to take on England.

    XI: Dimitrievski, Manev, Serafimov, Musliu, Dimoski, Bardhi, Atanasov, Alimi, Alioski, Miovski, Elmas.

    Subs: Kostadinov, Askovski, Iljazovski, Elezi, Churlinov, Mitrovski, Milan Ristovski, Todoroski, Aleksovski, Daci, Ademi, Siskovski.

    Follow all the live action in our live blog page HERE

  • By Kostas Lianos

    North Macedonia vs England subs

    And here's who England manager Gareth Southgate chose for the bench in North Macedonia.

    Tomori, Johnstone, Henderson, Phillips, Gallagher, Konsa, Rashford, Palmer, Kane, Ramsdale.

    Follow all the live action in our live blog page HERE

  • By Kostas Lianos

    North Macedonia vs England XI

    Arsenal aces Declan Rice and Bukayo Saka start for England against North Macedonia.

    Pickford; Walker, Guehi, Maguire, Lewis; Rice, Alexander-Arnold, Foden; Saka, Watkins, Grealish.

    Follow all the live action in our live blog page HERE

  • By Kostas Lianos

    Kai Havertz's new role

    Arsenal ace Kai Havertz tried another new role on the field as he played at left-back for Germany.

    The German national team faced Turkey in an international friendly and lost 3-2 in Berlin, but Havertz scored.

    I don't see this as a risk for him, but as a very, very big opportunity to play a key role at the Euros.

    Kai said he wanted to do it, wanted to try it — for a first time in an unfamiliar position, he did extremely well.

    Julian Nagelsmann

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