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ARSENAL have entered talks with Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic.

And the Gunners have set a DEADLINE for the in-demand 21-year-old striker to decide if he wants to join them, with Juventus also interested.

Arsenal are believed to have had a £66m offer accepted, with the fee rising up to £88m with add-ons.

Though one player who is closing in on an Arsenal move is Arthur Melo. The Gunners have held talks over a loan deal for the Juve midfielder.

And Gunners manager Mikel Arteta is reportedly set to be handed a new two-year deal by Arsenal with the club determined to fend off interest from Manchester City.

The 39-year-old, who spent time as Pep Guardiola's No2 at the Etihad, is tied down at the Emirates until 2023.

That means his contract ends the same time as Guardiola's at City.

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  • Kostas Lianos

    Du are ya?

    Fiorentina want to sell Dusan Vlahovic during the January transfer window and admit there have been talks with Premier League teams, but no deal with Arsenal.

    Vlahovic poses as the Gunners' top target in January but has also been linked with Prem rivals, such as Tottenham and Newcastle.

    Fiorentina director Joe Barone told La Nazione: “Some English clubs have made contact, but there is no agreement yet. We are open [to selling].

    “I haven’t heard anything from them [Vlahovic's representatives], I had asked Vlahovic’s agent to be clear, but I haven’t heard anything, no contacts at all"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Juv had it

    Arsenal's hopes of landing Fiorentina star Dusan Vlahovic have plunged again amid claims Juventus have made a £50milion bid.

    According to TuttoSport, Juve have taken a dramatic step forward with their first major offer for Vlahovic.

    Tottenham and especially Newcastle have also been linked with the striker and could still be keeping tabs.

    But the Bianconeri are now even stronger favourites to recruit the Serbia international

  • Kostas Lianos

    Allegri confirms Ramsey exit intent

    Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri confirmed earlier in January that ex-Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey is free to leave.

    Allegri even described Ramsey, who is currently linked with Burnley, as surplus to requirements.

    The Italian head coach said: "Ramsey, he returned today after we had given him a few days off to work, to train separately, in England.

    "In any case, he's an outgoing player"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Burnley target Ramsey

    Burnley want to take Juventus ace Aaron Ramsey on loan for the rest of the season, reports SunSport's Alan Nixon.

    Ex-Arsenal star Ramsey is keen to return to the Premier League after his failed stint at Juve.

    And the Clarets have been in talks with the midfielder over a temporary switch in the last few weeks.

    But Sean Dyche’s strugglers would be able to pay nowhere near the Wales international's reported £400k-a-week wages.

    Nevertheless, the 31-year-old may still consider the move after an initial rejection as the Bianconeri are desperate to get him off their books.

    Ramsey hoped for Crystal Palace, but Patrick Viera's side have not come in

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  • Kostas Lianos

    Karl him in

    Arsenal's young goalkeeper Karl Hein is wanted by Championship strugglers Reading, according to SunSport's Alan Nixon.

    Hein cannot break into the Gunners' side yet and they are prepared to send him out on a temporary basis.

    The Royals wish to sign the Estonia international on loan until the end of the season.

    The north Londoners are willing to also sell Bernd Leno, who has been linked with Newcastle, but only if they manage to sign New England Revolution star Matt Turner as Aaron Ramsdale's back-up

  • Kostas Lianos

    Mo the Gunner

    Olympic hero Sir Mo Farah has said he would have 'loved to play for Arsenal' but admits 'he was never good enough.'

    Farah told The Guardian: "I would have loved to play for Arsenal, but I was never good enough.

    "I played at school and for the local club until I was 14, but I was only good because I could cross the ball and run forward and run back.

    "I didn’t have any other skills. I joined a running club instead"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Xhaka discusses Liverpool red card

    Arsenal ace Granit Xhaka discussed his latest red card, which left his team having to play 66 minutes of the semi-finals first leg against Liverpool at Anfield with 10 men.

    Xhaka said: “In this moment, if [Diogo] Jota takes the ball and he scores, they will say, ‘Why didn’t you stop him?’.

    "Now I stopped him, it’s, ‘Why did you get the red card?’.

    “In the end everyone is smarter in the moment — myself as well.

    “When I see it back now, do I need to go there and do it? No.

    “In the moment, it is a second where I have to make a decision. This time I took the wrong one”

  • Kostas Lianos

    Granit not rocked

    Arsenal ace Granit Xhaka says he “can’t change” the way he plays despite his disciplinary record.

    Xhaka said: "It is not like I am planning this. I am not doing it on purpose. But sometimes I am in a position where it is 50-50.

    “It is risky, of course. Now people say, ‘Why do you always take risks?’. This is who I am. I can’t change myself from today or tomorrow.

    “Of course I need to improve I know I need to improve”

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  • Kostas Lianos

    New rival for Cisse

    Newcastle have joined the January transfer race for Olympiacos ace Pape Abou Cisse, reports SunSport’s Kostas Lianos.

    Cisse has been linked with Arsenal, Everton, Leicester and Liverpool following a series of standout performances in the Champions League and Europa League for the Piraeus outfit throughout the years.

    But sources have told SunSport that the Magpies have also entered the transfer war after watching the centre-back’s impressive displays in the Africa Cup of Nations with Senegal.

    The Toon have held talks with the 26-year-old’s representatives and want to complete the deal during the January transfer window.

    The fee being talked about is in the region of £12million and the Greek champions are said to be open to a potential agreement under those terms

  • Kostas Lianos

    Jon the move

    Chelsea and Tottenham have shown interest for Lille star Jonathan David, who has also been linked with Arsenal, but face competition from Barcelona.

    That is according to TSN, who report that the Blues, Spurs as well as Barca have all made an official enquiry into David’ immediate future.

    The striker has been linked with some of Europe’s other big hitters, like Liverpool, Manchester United and Real Madrid.

    However, the Canada international is not looking to leave the French champions this month

  • Kostas Lianos

    Arsenal's Du date

    Arsenal have ‘set a deadline’ for Fiorentina star Dusan Vlahovic to decide whether he wants to join them in a £66million move.

    Vlahovic is under contract with the Viola until 2023 but is applying pressure on the Serie A outfit to sell by so far refusing to agree to an extension.

    That has led the Gunners to submit an offer of £66m and make him their second-highest earner as they try to find a replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as well as soon-to-be free agents Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah.

    But the north Londoners are also growing frustrated by the long-running saga and La Republicca reports they have demanded an answer from the striker by ‘halfway through next week’

  • James Orr

    How Arsenal could line up

    Arsenal face Burnley this afternoon with a serious lack of midfielder available, with Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka suspended.

    It will likely mean again playing Sambi Lokonga as a lone holding midfielder and switching the Gunners preferred 4-2-3-1 formation to 4-1-4-1 or 4-3-3.

    Lokonga started in the deep-lying role in the second leg against Liverpool with Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith Rowe either side in advanced roles.

    Mohamed Elneny – who would have been an option to also play in midfield – is still on international duty with Egypt at the Africa Cup of Nations.

    And with a lack of alternate options the midfield three – who all started against Liverpool – are set to keep their place.

  • Joshua Mbu

    Good morning Gunners fans

    Reports in Italy suggest Arsenal are ‘close’ to announcing the loan signing of Juventus midfielder, Arthur Melo.

    According to Tuttosport, the Gunners have given in and accepted an 18-month loan deal for the Brazilian, having only wanted to take him for six months.

    Elsewhere Arsenal have reportedly ‘set a deadline’ for Dusan Vlahovic to decide whether he wants to join them in a £66million deal.

    The Premier League club are growing frustrated by the long-running saga and

    La Republicca claims they have demanded an answer from the hotshot by ‘halfway through next week’.

    However, it’s also been claimed elsewhere that Arsenal’s hopes of landing the Fiorentina striker have plunged again amid claims Juventus lodged a bid for the striker.

    Juve are reported to be Vlahovic’s preferred destination, despite interest from the Premier League.

    Turning attention away from transfer news, Mikel Arteta is set to be handed a new two-year deal by Arsenal chiefs.

    According to the Mail, bosses at the club are eager to fend of interest from Manchester City, who are rumoured to be keen on appointing Arteta when Pep Guardiola’s contract expires in 2023.

    And finally, the Gunners return to action today looking for their first win of 2022 as they welcome Burnley to the Emirates.

    Arteta’s side are yet to come out on top in four games in all competitions since the turn of the year.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Exclusive – Arsenal bet 'fix' probe

    A yellow card given to Arsenal star Granit Xhaka is at the centre of a betting probe.

    The midfielder, 29, was booked for time wasting in the 88th minute of a Prem match.

    The FA said that bookmakers had alerted them to suspicious betting patterns around the incident and they will look into the matter. There is no investigation into any player.

    Xhaka was cautioned by referee Andre Marriner for delaying taking a free-kick during the Gunners’ 4-1 win at Leeds on December 18.

    A video circulated online shows Xhaka being urged to take the free-kick by Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and the ref.

    Bookies were alerted after a punter staked £65,000 on him being booked in the game, winning a £250,000 payout.

    A betting source said: “This bet was flagged to all bookmakers, because it was so big and it paid out. The investigation is looking at the bet rather than Xhaka’s behaviour —– it is not unusual for him to be carded at all.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Xhaka speaks on 'wrong' decision

    Granit Xhaka has explained his reasoning to Sky Sports for his rash challenge on Diogo Jota, that saw him sent off in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg.

    The midfielder has taken stick from fans from the challenge, but suggested he would have been targeted if he didn't make the challenge as well.

    Xhaka said: “In this moment, if Jota takes the ball and he scores, they will say, ‘Why didn’t you stop him?’.

    "Now I stopped him, it’s, ‘Why did you get the red card?’.

    “In the end everyone is smarter in the moment — myself as well.

    “When I see it back now, do I need to go there and do it? No.

    “In the moment, it is a second where I have to make a decision.  This time I took the wrong one.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Gunners back in action tomorrow

    Arsenal host Burnley tomorrow, with the Gunners still searching for their first win of 2022.

    Mikel Arteta started the New Year with a defeat to Man City, before being dumped out of the FA Cup by Nottingham Forest.

    A 0-0 draw at Anfield in the Carabao Cup semi-final followed, as did the 2-0 loss in the return leg in midweek.

    Burnley though have still won just once in the league this campaign, and rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table.

    Kick off at the Emirates is 2pm.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Icymi – Gunners set for winter camp

    Arsenal are planning to jet off to Dubai in late January until early February for a warm-weather camp.

    That's according to The Athletic, who report the Gunners will jet off to train in the sun during the small break.

    The trip will begin after Sunday’s clash with Burnley, and the north Londoners will be back in time for the match at Wolves on February 10.

    Arsenal are without a win so far in 2022 and have been eliminated from both the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Exclusive – Hein chased by Reading

    Arsenal's young Estonia international keeper Karl Hein is wanted on loan by Championship strugglers Reading.

    Hein cannot break into the Gunners side yet and they are prepared to send him out to a temporary home for some action.

    Reading have made a request to take Hein and the deal may happen if they are willing to use him ahead of Luke Southwood.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Former Gunner linked with Burnley

    Burnley want to take Aaron Ramsey on loan for the rest of the season.

    The former Arsenal midfielder is keen to return to the Premier League after his failed switch to Juventus.

    And the Clarets have been in talks over a temporary switch in the last few weeks.

    Sean Dyche’s strugglers would be able to pay nowhere near Ramsey’s reported £400k-a-week wages.

    But Ramsey, 31, may still consider the move after an initial rejection – with Juventus desperate to get him off their books.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Arsenal fans fume at VAR

    Livid Arsenal fans claimed Southampton got off lightly after a horror lunge by Stuart Armstrong.

    They moaned their man Granit Xhaka would ‘definitely’ have seen red for the same challenge.

    Armstrong was lucky to stay on the pitch after his challenge on Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte in Saturday’s 1-1 draw.

    The Saints midfielder escaped with just a yellow despite a VAR review of his studs-up shocker.

    Xhaka was given his marching orders for a similar high-footed challenge as the Gunners held Liverpool to a goalless draw in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final.

    And Arsenal fans fumed at what they saw as double standards from officials when their star was involved.

    User EricSulman5 wrote on Twitter: “How has Stuart Armstrong not been sent off? Officiating in the Prem is soo inconsistent. Without a doubt if it was Xhaka he’s getting sent off. Missed the ball & caught the player.”

    Benito_lowe98 wrote: “If it’s Xhaka who does that tackle Armstrong does, it’s a red!”

    Credit: Sky Sports
  • Giacomo Pisa

    Chelsea ‘enquiry’ for Arsenal target

    European Champions Chelsea have reportedly made an ‘enquiry’ for the services of Lille striker Jonathan David.

    The 21-year-old forward has been linked with a move to Arsenal in recent weeks.

    But now it’s the Gunners’ London rivals who are plotting a potential swoop, according to Canadian outlet TSN.

    David is expected to leave Lille at the end of the season, and has attracted plenty of attention, with Chelsea now the latest club to register their interest.

    Credit: Reuters
  • Giacomo Pisa

    Arteta in line for new deal

    Reports suggest Mikel Arteta is set to be offered a new two-year contract by Arsenal.

    The Mail claim the Spaniard has impressed chiefs at the club and will be rewarded with a new deal.

    An extension is expected to be tabled before the end of the campaign, before his current deal enters its final 12 months.

    Bosses at the club have been impressed by his management, but are also wary of interest from Manchester City.

    Rumours have emerged that City are lining up Arteta to replace Pep Guardiola, when the latter decides to call time on his spell at the Etihad.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Arsenal closing in on Arthur

    Reports in Italy suggest Arsenal are 'close' to announcing the loan signing of Juventus midfielder.

    According to Tuttosport, the Gunners have given in and accepted an 18-month loan deal for the Brazilian.

    Arsenal are claimed to have just wanted a short-term six month deal, while Juve favoured a longer loan.

    And now that's been agreed, reports suggest negotiations are now ongoing between Arthur's representatives and Arsenal officials.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Merson – 'Get someone in'

    Former Arsenal playmaker Paul Merson believes Arsenal 'need' to bring in a new striker, with Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang unlikely to play for the club again.

    And Merson believes a forward needs to be recruited in his place, sooner rather than later.

    He said: "You’ve got to get someone in. Arsenal need a centre forward badly next season. No [can’t see him playing again for Arsenal] not for me. I think Arteta has already laid that one out, he’s chopped his nose off there.

    "He’s hung him out there to dry, it’s going to be some going by the lad to come back. It could do [impact top four hopes].

    "Not saying Aubameyang is going to get them in the top four though but they do need a centre forward.

    "Aubameyang on form could get them there. I always think pick your best players but what’s gone on between the pair of them the manager and him needs to be sorted out first."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Ian Wright a proud grandfather

    Ian Wright posted his hilarious reaction after grandson D'Margio Wright-Phillips scored his first-ever professional goal.

    The youngster volleyed past Fulham goalkeeper Marek Rodak.

    And news of the strike was enough to get his proud grandad up and off his seat as he performed punditry duty.

    Wright shared his reaction with a clip on Twitter, and it showed the beaming Arsenal legend scurrying over to a screen to capture the scoreline on camera.

    Credit: Twitter / @Ianwright0

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