Arsenal Transfer Wrap: Sunday, 1st February

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Arsenal leading Reus race

Arsenal are understood to be leading the race to sign Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus, according to reports in The Daily Express. The player is also believed to be a target for Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea.

Meanwhile, reports in The Daily Star reveal that Reus himself is wishful of a move to Arsenal.

Gunners target Otamendi set for new deal

Manchester United and Arsenal target Nicolas Otamendi is set to be awarded with a lucrative new deal at Valencia. According to reports in The Daily Mirror, the Spanish side are ready to double his wages to about £70,000 a week with the new contract which would also hike his buyout clause to over £60m.

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Wenger: Paulista will need time to adjust

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that the club’s new signing Gabriel Paulista will take some time to adjust to life in England.

The Frenchman was quoted telling BBC Sport: You always have to give players time to adapt, especially in a defensive position, because you need to know your partners and need to communicate as well.” Continue reading

Wenger waiting at the front door for an ‘Exceptional Player’

Buoyed by a recent upturn in results and his adventures in the January transfer market, Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger has declared that his winter shopping is pretty much at an end unless an ‘Exceptional Player’ turns up at his doorstep on Deadline Day.

Arsenal have strengthened their defence with the capture of the highly versatile Gabriel Paulista this month, and have also sent out a whole bunch of their forwards out on loan to get some much needed game time.

However, with a whole host of players returning to first team action in recent weeks, Arsenal are pretty decently stocked in all departments, with David Ospina also looking a decent prospect in goal.

It is no surprise hence that Arsene Wenger has as a result stated in his latest press conference that he isn’t actively chasing any more signings. The Arsenal boss did add though, “If I wake up in the morning and somebody stands in front of my door and is an exceptional player, I will open the door. But it looks very unlikely now. Number wise, we look alright now. And quality as well.”

Arsenal Transfer Wrap: Saturday, 31st January

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Illarramendi turns down Bilbao offer in hope of Arsenal summer move

Real Madrid’s Asier Illarramendi has turned down the chance to sign for Athletic Bilbao in the hope that Arsenal would make a move for him in the summer. Los Blancos manager Carlo Ancelotti was quoted in The Daily Express, saying: “He will play on Saturday. He received an offer from Athletic, but the player is comfortable and happy here. We’re happy with him, too, because whenever he’s played he’s done well.”

Dortmund want to sign Dragovic as Hummels replacement

Borussia Dortmund are understood to have lined up Dynamo Kyiv defender Aleksandar Dragovic as the replacement for Manchester United-bound Mats Hummels, according to reports in The Daily Star. Dragovic is believed to be a target for United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool.

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Arteta still doubtful, Coquelin to stay

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that while the club are not sure of Mikel Arteta extending his contract at the club right now, they are almost sure to keep hold of Francis Coquelin.

The boss was quoted telling BBC Sport: “On Mikel Arteta, we have nothing to announce yet. On Coquelin, it’s 99% he will stay here.”

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Arsenal Transfer Wrap: Friday, 30th January

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Arsenal want rivals’ ‘keeper

Arsenal are understood to be scheming to make a move for Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, according to reports in The Daily Express. Spurs are understood to be open to the prospect of selling the player for £25m in the summer but it is highly unlikely that they may let him move to their arch rivals.

Arsenal to battle City for Croatian ace

Arsenal will tussle with Manchester City to sign Atletico Madrid forward Mario Mandzukic. According to reports in The Daily Express, the Gunners are set to table a £26m bid to sign the Croat.

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Arsenal and City to battle it out for Atletico ace

Arsenal are set to fight it out with Manchester City to sign Atletico Madrid forward Mario Mandzukic and may table a £26m offer for him, according to reports in The Daily Express.

The Croat moved to the Vicente Calderon Stadium last summer but he is now finding himself relegated down the pecking order following the arrival of Fernando Torres at the club. Consequently, it is believed that he may have grown wishful of a move away from the club, with Arsenal taking a keen interest in signing him.

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