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ARSENAL are reportedly keeping tabs on explosive winger Moussa Diaby after missing out on Mykhailo Mudyrk to Chelsea.

But a move for the Bayer Leverkusen ace could prove to be too 'expensive' with his contract up in 2025.

Meanwhile, the North London outfit are expected to pay more than £80million for Declan Rice after making him their top transfer target.

The Gunners are increasingly confident they can land the West Ham midfielder in the summer after their fine start to this campaign.

And William Saliba has revealed that he was not all too impressed with the atmosphere in the North London derby.

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  • Gary Stonehouse

    Morning, Arsenal fans

    Declan Rice is tipped to be Arsenal's main summer target and Mikel Arteta has confirmed he's also keen on January recruits.

    A new winger remains the Gunners' priority after Chelsea easily outbid the Premier League leaders for £88million Ukrainian Mykhailo Mudryk.

    And Orlando City wideman Facundo Torres claims the Gunners have been in touch.

    The Uruguayan, 24, says talks were held before the World Cup and he's still waiting to see if anything develops.

    Arsenal are also tipped to step up their interest in Brighton's Leandro Trossard.

    But club legend Ian Wright believes the ideal alternative to Mudryk would instead be Brazilian Raphinha.

    Barcelona are reportedly willing to offload the ex-Leeds winger.

    But surely the most exciting speculation for Gunners' fans concerns Rice.

    Chelsea, Manchester United and City have been linked with West Ham's £80m-rated England midfielder.

    Arsenal, however, are reportedly "confident" of pulling off what would be their record signing.

    As for this month, boss Arteta said: “We’ve excellent players. We want to improve our squad in this transfer window.

    “We’re on it but we will do the deals that we can do and that we believe is right for the club”.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Rice at ‘centre of £80m transfer fight’

    Declan Rice has been identified as Arsenal’s top summer transfer target, reports suggest.

    West Ham star Rice is entering the final year of his contract at the London Stadium this summer – although there is an optional extra year – and with their recent struggles, Rice may finally opt to jump ship.

    A number of top clubs are interested in the 24-year-old, including Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal.

    This summer is set to see a bidding war for the Englishman, which could see him eventually leave for £80million.

    However, according to The Times, Arsenal believe they are in the strong position to sign Rice because they are the Premier League leaders.

    The report indicates the Gunners remain keen on a new midfielder, and consequently have made Rice their priority.

    Rice fits the mould of player targeted by Mikel Arteta in recent windows. He is young, aggressive, and has a burning desire to play in the Champions League – something Arsenal look all but certain to be able to offer next season.

    Arsenal did prioritise signing a new winger this month but saw their efforts to land Mykhailo Mudryk fail after Chelsea threw a colossal package at the Ukrainian.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Rice at ‘centre of £80m transfer fight’

    Declan Rice has been identified as Arsenal’s top summer transfer target, reports suggest.

    West Ham star Rice is entering the final year of his contract at the London Stadium this summer – although there is an optional extra year – and with their recent struggles, Rice may finally opt to jump ship.

    A number of top clubs are interested in the 24-year-old, including Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal.

    This summer is set to see a bidding war for the Englishman, which could see him eventually leave for £80million.

    However, according to The Times, Arsenal believe they are in the strong position to sign Rice because they are the Premier League leaders.

    The report indicates the Gunners remain keen on a new midfielder, and consequently have made Rice their priority.

    Rice fits the mould of player targeted by Mikel Arteta in recent windows. He is young, aggressive, and has a burning desire to play in the Champions League – something Arsenal look all but certain to be able to offer next season.

    Arsenal did prioritise signing a new winger this month but saw their efforts to land Mykhailo Mudryk fail after Chelsea threw a colossal package at the Ukrainian.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Facundo reveals Gunners' talks

    Uruguay winger Facundo Torres claims Arsenal held talks with his MLS club Orlando City over signing him

    The ex-Penarol star, 22, is still waiting to see what will happen following the pre-World Cup discussions.

    Torres told told 90min: “Orlando City confirmed to me that there was contact with Arsenal, but then I left for the World Cup and I didn’t want to hear about a potential transfer at that point.

    “So the conversation stayed there but now that I am back with the team, we will see where the conversation goes.”

    Torres had a superb 2022 MLS season, notching nine goals and eight assists.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Saliba trolls Spurs

    William Saliba has revealed he was not all too impressed with the atmosphere in the North London derby.

    Arsenal picked up a crucial three points away at Tottenham to strengthen their title hopes thanks to a calamitous own goal by Hugo Lloris and Martin Odegaard’s brilliant strike.

    And Gunners’ defender Saliba stuck the knife in further as he trolled Tottenham fans about the atmosphere.

    The home fans were largely subdued throughout most of the contest as they watched Spurs failed to compete – and Saliba noticed.

    When asked to compare the derby atmosphere to what he experienced while on loan at Marseille last season, Saliba said: “No, Marseille is better.”

    Spurs fans could be heard growing increasingly edgy as the first-half went on.

    But Saliba is far from convinced that the Gunners’ advantage is as commanding as it looks.

    The defender, 21, said: “It’s never enough. We know we have a lot of games to go. We have to be focused because things can change quickly.

    “If we lose one game, after we can have no confidence, so we have to be focused on keeping going and trying to win. We focus on ourselves.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    ‘Red Devils battle Gunners for Luiz’

    Arsenal and Manchester United have joined the race to sign Real Betis winger Luiz Henrique, according to Fichajes.

    The 22-year-old La Liga winger is catching the eye of a number of top clubs after bagging three goals and five assists in all competitions this season.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Forest confirm Danilo coup

    Nottingham Forest have seen off competition from Manchester United, Arsenal and Barcelona to land Brazilian wonderkid Danilo.

    Steve Cooper has pulled off an £18million coup to sign the 21-year-old Palmeiras defensive midfielder, with the help of his former team-mate Gustavo Scarpa.

    Danilo, who will wear the No28 shirt, has signed a six-and a-half-year deal which commits him to Forest until the summer of 2029.

    After completing his move to The City Ground, Danilo said: “I’m really happy to be fulfilling my dream of playing in the Premier League and playing for Nottingham Forest.

    “I learnt a bit about the history of the Club and saw they had won two European Cups.

    "I spoke to Gustavo Scarpa as well, and he told me that Nottingham is a great city and Forest have a quality squad with really good staff.

    “I will show a lot of determination and a strong desire to win and will always look to do my best on the pitch to achieve positive results.

    “I’m excited about getting started and meeting my new team-mates.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Raphinha rated best alternative to Mudryk

    Ian Wright reckons Arsenal should target Raphinha after losing out on Mykhailo Mudryk to Chelsea.

    Barcelona are reportedly willing to offload ex-Leeds wideman Raphinha.

    And the Gunners have also been linked with Brighton attacker Leandro Trossard.

    Wrighty, though, believes Brazil star Raphinha could be the best option.

    Asked if Prem leaders Arsenal should improve their squad this month, Wright told Premier League Productions: “Absolutely they do.

    “It’s a shame about Mudryk… they [Chelsea] went to a level Arsenal couldn’t reach and Chelsea can. So they move again.

    “There’s talk about Raphinha, that would be great, he’s played in the Premier League.

    “But I think what it doesn’t do is stop what’s happening now.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Saliba 'knew Arsenal would be special'

    William Saliba says he saw straight away in the summer that Arsenal would do something special this season.

    The France centre-back has finally emerged as a Gunners' regular after returning from his Marseille loan.

    And he said: "After the summer, when I saw the team & the mentality, I tell myself. 'Yeah, we can do something this season'."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Rice at 'centre of £80m transfer fight'

    Declan Rice has been identified as Arsenal's top summer transfer target, reports suggest.

    West Ham star Rice is entering the final year of his contract at the London Stadium this summer – although there is an optional extra year – and with their recent struggles, Rice may finally opt to jump ship.

    A number of top clubs are interested in the 24-year-old, including Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal.

    This summer is set to see a bidding war for the Englishman, which could see him eventually leave for £80million.

    However, according to The Times, Arsenal believe they are in the strong position to sign Rice because they are the Premier League leaders.

    The report indicates the Gunners remain keen on a new midfielder, and consequently have made Rice their priority.

    Rice fits the mould of player targeted by Mikel Arteta in recent windows. He is young, aggressive, and has a burning desire to play in the Champions League – something Arsenal look all but certain to be able to offer next season.

    Arsenal did prioritise signing a new winger this month but saw their efforts to land Mykhailo Mudryk fail after Chelsea threw a colossal package at the Ukrainian.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Arsenal and Utd shaking up football order

    It's the end of the world as we know it — and it’s extraordinarily good fun, writes DAVE KIDD.

    At the halfway stage of the Premier League season, the state of the nation is a state of unprecedented flux.

    Three of England’s four Champions League places look very likely to change hands.

    Three fully-established top-flight clubs occupy the relegation places — West Ham, Southampton and Everton, an ever-present since 1954.

    Fulham, Brighton and Brentford all sit proudly in the top eight, above Liverpool and Chelsea.

    Arsenal and Manchester United could face off on Sunday as the top two in the league, with Newcastle tucked in behind them as if it’s 1997 all over again.

    This wasn’t supposed to happen. Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool were meant to be continuing their duopoly — two truly great teams dominating the English game as they’d done for the previous five years.

    And while the resurgence of Arsenal under Mikel Arteta and United under Erik ten Hag have been thrilling tales of the unexpected, neither would be sitting so loftily without the collapse of one empire and the alarming cracks beginning to show in another.

    Suddenly, both Liverpool and City have lost a lot of what made them so great. Liverpool are no longer dynamic, manic pressing, never-knowingly-beaten "mentality monsters". And City aren’t quite the pass-you-to-death, liquid-football, Barcelona-built model we are used to.

    For Klopp, it feels terminal. For Guardiola, it is too early to say.

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  • Ian Tuckey

    Arsenal versus United – key battles

    It is the latest installment of the ‘Pizzagate’ derby on Sunday when Arsenal host Manchester United – and there will be key battles all over the park.

    Not least how the Gunners’ re-imagined right-back Ben White copes with red-hot Red Devils’ forward Marcus Rashford cutting in from the left-hand side to wreak havoc.

    Arsenal are no slouches in attack themselves, of course, but perhaps key for them will be another dominant display from their latest centre-of-the-park phenom Martin Odegaard.

    If the purring Norwegian wins the battle against United’s wily Portuguese schemer Bruno Fernandes the Gunners may just take another giant step towards the Prem title.

    ‘Pizzagate’, for all you teenagers out there, saw former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas (allegedly) lob a slice at United’s legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson after a bad-tempered clash at Old Trafford in 2004. True story. Look it up.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Torres in 'Arsenal talks'

    Uruguay winger Facundo Torres claims Arsenal held talks with his MLS club Orlando City over signing him

    The ex-Penarol star, 22, is still waiting to see what will happen following the pre-World Cup discussions.

    Torres told told 90min: “Orlando City confirmed to me that there was contact with Arsenal, but then I left for the World Cup and I didn’t want to hear about a potential transfer at that point.

    “So the conversation stayed there but now that I am back with the team, we will see where the conversation goes."

    Torres had a superb 2022 MLS season, notching nine goals and eight assists.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Red Devils 'in contact with Denzel'

    Manchester United have made contact with reported Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs target Denzel Dumfries.

    Italian website Tuttomercatoweb suggest the Red Devils have made the first major step over Inter Milan's Holland right-back.

    It's thought the Italian giants would consider selling the former PSV hero, 26.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Arteta on Mudryk

    Mikel Arteta has responded to missing out on top transfer target Mykhailo Mudryk – hinting that Arsenal will be looking at alternatives.

    He said: “We’ve excellent players. We want to improve our squad in this transfer window and I mean myself, the staff, players, the board, and ownership.

    “We’re on it but we will do the deals that we can do and that we believe is right for the club”.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Saliba trolls Spurs

    William Saliba has revealed he was not all too impressed with the atmosphere in the North London derby.

    Arsenal picked up a crucial three points away at Tottenham to strengthen their title hopes thanks to a calamitous own goal by Hugo Lloris and Martin Odegaard's brilliant strike.

    And Gunners' defender Saliba stuck the knife in further as he trolled Tottenham fans about the atmosphere.

    The home fans were largely subdued throughout most of the contest as they watched Spurs failed to compete – and Saliba noticed.

    When asked to compare the derby atmosphere to what he experienced while on loan at Marseille last season, Saliba said: "No, Marseille is better."

    Spurs fans could be heard growing increasingly edgy as the first-half went on.

    But Saliba is far from convinced that the Gunners' advantage is as commanding as it looks.

    The defender, 21, said: "It’s never enough. We know we have a lot of games to go. We have to be focused because things can change quickly.

    "If we lose one game, after we can have no confidence, so we have to be focused on keeping going and trying to win. We focus on ourselves."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Arteta will be disappointed' to lose title

    Arsenal's eight-point lead and fantastic form means boss Mikel Arteta should be "disappointed" with anything less than title glory this season.

    That's the verdict of ex-Liverpool and Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam after a momentous weekend for the Gunners.

    Champs Manchester City fell to a 2-1 turnaround defeat at neighbours United before Arsenal beat Tottenham 2-0 yesterday.

    And speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes: Fanzone, former Scotland ace Adam, said: If Arsenal don't win the title, then Mikel will be disappointed come the end of the season.

    "I think you'd say if you're eight points clear in the Premier League at this stage of the season, in good form, scoring goals and winning football matches, you've got to expect to go on and win the title.

    "But, I've said it before, I can never rule out Manchester City going and winning 10 games in a row. They're more than capable of doing that, just as Arsenal are capable of losing a couple in a row.

    "We're set up perfectly for a great game on Sunday at the Emirates between Arsenal and Man United.

    "Two teams in great form, a great win for United at the weekend, and it's another huge challenge for Arsenal going forward.

    "But… up to this point. Every challenge they've faced, they've passed."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Wrighty: Raphinha ideal for Gunners

    Ian Wright reckons Arsenal should target Raphinha after losing out on Mykhailo Mudryk to Chelsea.

    Barcelona are reportedly willing to offload ex-Leeds wideman Raphinha.

    And the Gunners have also been linked with Brighton attacker Leandro Trossard.

    Wrighty, though, believes Brazil star Raphinha could be the best option.

    Asked if Prem leaders Arsenal should improve their squad this month, Wright told Premier League Productions: "Absolutely they do.

    "It’s a shame about Mudryk… they [Chelsea] went to a level Arsenal couldn’t reach and Chelsea can. So they move again.

    "There’s talk about Raphinha, that would be great, he’s played in the Premier League.

    "But I think what it doesn’t do is stop what’s happening now."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Mourinho had faith in Arteta

    Jose Mourinho predicted Arsenal's stunning rise back to the top of the Premier League three years ago when they were sat 15th.

    The Gunners opened up an eight-point gap following a 2-0 victory at bitter rivals Tottenham on Sunday.

    Mikel Arteta's men took full advantage of Manchester City's slip in their own derby 24 hours early to move clear in pursuit of their first league title since 2004.

    Arsenal's incredible campaign comes despite five seasons finishing below the Champions League places.

    And the scoreline at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is a stark contrast from when they suffered a 2-0 defeat at the same ground in December 2020 and were just above the relegation zone.

    At the time, it was Tottenham who were top of the league and going great guns under Mourinho.

    Regardless, the Special One praised Arteta post-match and said: "Tactically, they are very good, they were very well organised

    "They have an incredible spirit, but they gave us problems because they are a good team and he [Arteta] is a good coach.

    "I can imagine tomorrow there, that the headlines will be about them not being in a good position on the table.

    "But I believe with these players, with Mikel, Arsenal will be Arsenal again."

  • Ian Tuckey

    'Red Devils battle Gunners for Luiz'

    Arsenal and Manchester United have joined the race to sign Real Betis winger Luiz Henrique, according to Fichajes.

    The 22-year-old La Liga winger is catching the eye of a number of top clubs after bagging three goals and five assists in all competitions this season.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Full Sturm ahead for Arthur

    Arsenal’s bright-prospect keeper Arthur Okonkwo has been recalled from Crewe and sent straight back out on loan to Austrian side Sturm Graz.

    The Gunners academy product, 21, went to League Two Alexandra in July and kept ten clean sheets in 34 games.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Five Arsenal alternatives to Mudryk

    After Arsenal target Mykhailo Mudryk joined Chelsea, SunSport has looked at five possible alternatives for the Gunners.

    Betfair make Barcelona’s Raphinha favourite as a 7-2 shot to move to the Emirates.

    Brighton’s Leandro Trossard is next in the running at 9-2, and then it is Leicester’s Youri Tielemans at 5-1.

    The bookies think the Gunners might also move for Barca’s Ferran Torres, priced at 5-1, and the Foxes’ James Maddison, a 16-1 outsider.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Saliba wants revenge against United

    William Saliba is out for revenge against Manchester Unitedat the Emirates on Sunday, writes Tom Barclay.

    The Red Devils are only team to beat the Prem leaders in the Prem this season, 3-1 success at Old Trafford in September.

    And Arsenal's France centre-back Saliba said: “We know we have a big game next week.

    “We know they beat us. They are the only team to beat us this season in the Premier League and we want to beat them again at home.

    “We will prepare this game very good I think, and I hope we will win in front of our fans.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Jose's Mud slinging

    Jose Mourinho has had a dig at former club Chelsea over the signing of Mykhailo Mudryk.

    The Blues sensationally hijacked Arsenal's deal for the Ukraine star over the weekend before confirming his £97million arrival during their victory over Crystal Palace.

    Former Chelsea boss Mourinho mentioned the move when speaking after his Roma side beat Fiorentina.

    The Special One was asked about his side's transfer outlook for this month and told La Gazzetta dello Sport: "I am not expecting anyone to arrive.

    "The director (Tiago Pinto) was very honest and direct, he said things in an interview that a coach usually doesn’t like to hear.

    "Coaches always want to hear we have lots of money, can buy option a, b, c, d, build an incredible team. That is the dream.

    "I worked at clubs with those sorts of practically limitless funds. There are more and more clubs nowadays who fit that profile, but it’s not our profile.

    "We work, we give our all, we work with the characteristics we’ve got. We need to find a solution, we can’t just buy Mudryk for €100m (£87m)!"

  • Ian Tuckey

    Rice 'to be Arsenal's main target'

    Declan Rice is tipped to be Arsenal's main summer target.

    West Ham's England midfielder has reportedly been trailed by Chelsea, with Manchester giants United and City expected to show serious interest too.

    But having lost out to the Blues for Mykhailo Mudryk, the Gunners are said to be confident of landing Rice, 24.

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