With Eddie Nketiah being linked with a move away, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang seemingly surplus to requirements and Folarin Balogun possibly moving to Nottingham Forest, does that affect Arsenal‘s thinking up front?
Mikel Arteta said: “We have a really special situation in that position because we’re talking about three players with different issues at the moment but we have to live with that.
“So far, the players who are here are fully committed. With Flo, we’ll find out in the next week or so what the final decision is. As for the rest, there’s nothing that’s new and we’re going to have to live with that until the end of the season.”
When asked about the possibility of signing Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak, Arteta: “You know I can’t speak about a player at another club. There’s many names and a lot of speculation and I’m not here to go through them.”
Platinum Transfer News
Arsenal Full Back Saed Kolasinac is expected to move to Marseille in the summer when his contract expires. Kolasinac has been a bit part player under Mikel Arteta and will not be offered a new contract.
Ajax are leading the race to sign Spurs winger Steven Bergwijn, who is considered surplus to requirements by Antonio Conte.
Aston Villa are in pole position to sign Lucas Digne according to Sky Sports. The Everton full back has fallen out with manager Rafa Benitez and is eager to play under Steven Gerrard.
Lorenzo Insigne has signed a pre contract agreement with MLS side Toronto Fc. Insigne will join in the summer after his last campaign with Napoli ending an incredible 16 year stint making him the highest ever earner in MLS history
Diego Godin is expected to terminate his contract with Cagliari in a bid to join Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro.
Aaron Ramsay could make a shock return to Arsenal in January with Mikel Arteta looking to bolster his midfield. The Gunners are also said to be interested in Bruno Guimaraes and Arthur Melo but both players could be out of reach in January.
Sergio Oliveira is expected to complete a move to Jose Mourinho’s Roma in the next week. The Porto star will join on an initial loan but a buy option of 15m will me installed also. This will be Roma’s second signing after taking in Ainsley Maitland Niles on loan from Arsenal.
Newcastle Utd have reportedly made a move for Burnley’s Chris Wood as they look to bring in a quick replacement for Callum Wilson who will be out of action for up to 8 weeks. The New Zealand Internation is reportedly very keen on the move.
Spurs are interested in signing Adama Traore in January. The Daily Mail reports that Antonio Conte sees the out of favour Spaniard as an ideal fit for his system.
Hapless Newcastle Embarrassed by Minnows in FA Cup
Newcastle Utd were at the receiving end of a giant killing in the FA Cup this afternoon and minnows Cambridge Utd managed an incredible one goal to nil win in St James’ Park.
In truth, Newcastle were poor throughout but Eddie Howe’s men were consistently denied by man of the match Dimitar Mitov. Mitov pulled off a string of high quality saves, most notably denying Jacob Murphy in the first half and Joelinton in the dying stages.
Cambridge completed the smash and grab just before the hour mark when Joe Ironside beat the offside trap and slotted home aided by some awful goalkeeping from Martin Dubravka.
The magpies face an uphill task for Premier League survival and would have hoped a strong lineup today, including new signing Kieran Trippier, would instil some confidence for next weekends relegation six pointer against Claudio Ranieri’s Watford, who themselves crashed out to a 4-1 loss to Leicester City.