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ARSENAL have received a huge blow in their pursuit of Real Vallolid ace Ivan Fresneda as Borussia Dortmund are reportedly closing in on an agreement.

It has been claimed that the Gunners had matched Dortmund's £13million bid but it seems as if Fresneda will be playing his football in Germany.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are also in a battle with Chelsea for Brighton star Moises Caicedo, according to reports.

Caicedo, 21, has changed his agents which has put both English giants on red alert.

And the Gunners won't stop there as reports suggest that they are targeting a move for Everton midfielder Amadou Onana.

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  • Kostas Lianos

    Jakub Kiwior shirt number

    Arsenal have handed new January signing Jakub Kiwior the No15 shirt.

    Past players to wear that number include Denilson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ainsley Mailtand-Niles, who is currently on loan at Southampton.

    The centre-back joined the Gunners after a £21million deal with Spezia.

    The Poland international passed his medical and is thought to have penned a contract until 2027, with the option of a further year

  • Kostas Lianos

    Petit on Kiwior

    Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit assessed his former club's latest signings Leandro Trossard and Jakub Kiwior.

    Petit told SportingPost: "He can play either midfield or defence. He is energetic and has good technique and he is very aggressive on the ball. It’s difficult to get past him and he always wins the ball.But I’m not sure if he can yet play as a holding midfielder in the Premier League because he’s young and still has to improve.

    "Trossard is more mature and has more experience whereas Kiwior is young and he will need time. But he is young like the rest of the team which I think is important.

    "This team is very humble, Arteta sent a big message to the dressing room with [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang and why everyone needs to be right behind the manager. Why they need to support and understand the rules.

    "For me this is very important – when you are a young player coming in, you see how the rules are respected in the dressing room and on the pitch. I think it’s a great time for a young footballer to come into a team like this"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Weston McKennie targeted

    Arsenal are considering a bid for Juventus star Weston McKennie.

    According to Calciomercato, the Gunners consider McKennie as a potential target that could help them strengthen in midfield and push for the Premier League title.

    Bournemouth and Aston Villa are also keeping tabs on the £18million-rated USA international.

    This comes amid a turbulent time for Juve, who were hit with a 15-point deduction by an Italian court.

    That is because of capital gain violations involving alleged inflated transfer values registered by the club in the past few years

  • Kostas Lianos

    Moises Caicedo bidding war

    Arsenal have joined rivals Chelsea in the transfer chase for Brighton star Moises Caicedo.

    According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, the Gunners are plotting a swoop on the Seagulls again.

    However, the North Londoners face stiff competition from the Blues as well as Liverpool for the midfielder, who has recently employed a new agent.

    Romano tweeted: “Official. Moises Caicedo has picked Futbol Division as new agents — it’s now confirmed by agency statement.

    “One to watch in the final days of Jan window — Brighton want to keep him but Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal are well informed on Moises situation”

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  • Kealan Hughes

    Saka had Shaw in "chokehold"

    Rio Ferdinand says Luke Shaw looked “so apprehensive” against Bukayo Saka in Manchester United’s 3-2 loss to Arsenal on Sunday, saying the defender was put “in a chokehold” by his countryman.

    Speaking on YouTube channel Vibe with Five, he said: “[Saka is the] first player I have seen this season who had Luke Shaw in a chokehold. I said at one point, Luke Shaw does not want to get close.

    “I know that feeling when you have someone who is quick and can go both ways, outside or inside, who is rapid and will take the opportunity should you give it to him. He looked like a man who was so apprehensive… I would have shown him down the line.

    “I would have never shown him inside. It was probably a mistake from Shaw, who has been excellent this season by the way. I already thought it anyway. But a big game, big stakes, Saka said 'I am the guy'. I loved seeing it even from a Manchester United point of view.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    Petit tips Gunners for title

    Emmanuel Petit beleives the only thing that can stop Arsenal winning the league is injuries.

    He told "Saka, wow, this guy is amazing. I can name Saka or Nketiah as my standout players [from Arsenal vs United]."

    "There were so many questions following Jesus’ injury and Eddie [Nketiah] took over his position and is doing a remarkable job. He scored two well- deserved goals yesterday. The work he puts in, the way he moves, the way he’s always an option for his teammates."

    "If you take away those two, then there are three guys who had an important impact yesterday: Zinchenko, Xhaka and Odegaard. When you look at the goals, those guys were always involved in creating danger. Either by movement or passing, I was very surprised, in a good way!"

    "I’ve heard the critics, some saying they aren’t going to win the League. If Arsenal keep playing the way they are playing, which they will, I can’t see how they will lose their target. Except perhaps injuries. I think the only team that can beat Arsenal is Arsenal."

  • Kealan Hughes

    Nelson gifted Prime by KSI

    Reiss Nelson has been gifted a box of Prime energy drinks by KSI – while his club continue to sell the beverage at low bargain prices.

    The 22-year-old Arsenal star took to Instagram amid his club's extraordinary season.

    The midfielder shared a video showing himself opening a box filled with KSI's Prime drinks.

    Five orange bottles can be seen piled on top of one another as Nelson adds the caption "shoutout KSI unaaa".

  • Kealan Hughes

    Martinelli backs Trossard to succeed

    Gabriel Martinelli is backing Leandro Trossard to become a key player for Arsenal over the coming months following his impressive debut for the north London club.

    The Belgian striker produced a bright cameo display when he came on for the final eight minutes of Arsenal’s thrilling 3-2 win over Manchester United at The Emirates on Sunday afternoon.

    Speaking to ESPN Brasil (via Metro), Martinelli said of Trossard: “He’ll be a very important player for us. We know his quality.

    “He did very well at Brighton and will certainly help a lot. And we are trying to welcome him in the best possible way so that he can be calm and show his football.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    Laura Woods defends Arteta antics

    Arsenal fan and broadcaster Laura Woods has jumped to the defence of Mikel Arteta as debate continues over his touchline antics.

    The Spaniard was booked for getting overly animated during the Gunners' win over Manchester United on Sunday, with similar incidents unfolding at various points this season.

    Woods told talkSPORT: "We've grown up watching Jose Mourinho sprinting up touchlines and screaming at people.

    "Pep Guardiola literally kicked a bottle and it hit someone on the bench the other week. It was completely accidental, of course, but he loses his head all the time.

    "[Jurgen] Klopp ran onto the pitch and celebrated with Alisson. He literally ran onto the pitch. And guess what, we loved it. We love all of it because it's passion. We always talk about players becoming these robots – don't make the managers do that as well.

    "That's the way it works. If he didn't do things like that, people would say he's boring. It would be like 'Mikel Arteta is so uninspiring, he never gives us anything in interviews'. Get over it. If you're genuinely that offended by what he's doing, you're watching the wrong sport."

  • Kealan Hughes

    Carra tips Gunners for title

    Jamie Carragher has named Arsenal as the team he thinks will win the Premier League this season.

    He told Sky Sports: "I think the thing with Arsenal is not just the points gap, it’s their performance in big games.

    "If you go back to the World Cup finishing, they obliterated Brighton, drew with Newcastle, the best defence in the league, although they only just got over the line (against Manchester United on Sunday).

    "We’re all expecting City to kick on, they will, but once they start getting to March and April I cant help but think those City players know that if they win the Champions League it won’t matter that they wont win the league."

  • Kealan Hughes

    New wag in town

    Claudia Kowalczyk was smiling with pride as she watched partner Jakub Kiwior sign his Arsenal contract.

    The 30-year-old was present as the Polish defender joined the Gunners from Serie A Spazia in a £21million deal.

    She posted a picture of his arrival at Arsenal on Instagram for her 54.9k followers.

    It was captioned: "So proud. You deserve."

    Kowalczyk then also thanked fans for all the messages they have received following Kiwior's transfer.

    She added: "Thank you for all for your messages. I can't reply to everyone, but I really appreciate it.

    Kowalczyk is a self-proclaimed twerk queen, having been crowned Queen of Germany's Twerk Competition in 2017.

  • Kealan Hughes

    Merson raves about Arsenal performance

    Paul Merson laished praise on "phenomenal" Arsenal following their 3-2 win over Manchester United.

    He wrote in his Sky Sports column: "I thought Arsenal were mind-blowing against Man Utd. For the final 20 minutes, the pressure was constant. They just suffocated Man Utd. They picked the right pass and never panicked. They were just like the big bad wolf – they just blew the house down.

    "You always think with Manchester City that they're going to score before the end and you're getting that with Arsenal now. It was phenomenal to watch.

    "I thought Eddie Nketiah would do a job for three, four, five games. I didn’t think he’d do it over this amount of games.

    "I like him as a goalscorer. I played with and against Gary Lineker, when the ball used to hit the post, he’d tap it in, and people would say, ‘oh, that was easy’. But no one else was there, pushing him out the way to score. That’s the thing with Nketiah."

  • Kealan Hughes

    Sutton surprised by Arsenal star

    Chris Sutton has now admitted he’s completely changed his mind about Arsenal forward Eddie Nketiah.

    Writing on his Daily Mail column about the young forward, Sutton said: “I got it wrong. Feel free to cut out those words and frame them because you won’t see me saying that often!

    “But on Eddie Nketiah, I got it wrong. I described Gabriel Jesus as ‘irreplaceable’ when he was injured.

    “I thought Arsenal would struggle without him. But Nketiah has proved me and plenty of others wrong."

  • Kealan Hughes

    Winterburn showers Nketiah with praise

    Nigel Winterburn praised Eddie Nketiah's impact since he replaced the injured Gabriel Jesus.

    He told Paddy Power: “Eddie Nketiah has been brilliant since coming into the team, which will mean that Gabriel Jesus will need to earn his place back when he comes back from injury.

    "He’s doing a fantastic job in terms of his energy and his link up play – he’s providing much more than just goals.

    “The question was whether Arsenal would go into the transfer market looking for a new striker, as a backup to Nketiah, but this hasn’t been the case.

    "I’ve always said that a team could never have too many strikers, as it provides plenty of options for a manager to pick from."

  • Kealan Hughes

    Scholes tells Arsenal to spend

    Paul Scholes believes Arsenal will be in a superb position to win the Premier League if they secure ‘two or three more’ January additions following the arrival of Leandro Trossard.

    He told Premier League Productions: "When you are going for titles, you need strong squads, you need players who can come in and replace players.

    "Those players that come in might not always be as good as the starters, but they might even be better from the bench.

    "When Leandro Trossard came on for Gabriel Martinelli, I didn’t think it weakened Arsenal, it really didn’t.

    "So I think Trossard is a great signing. Two or three more would really boost this team to go on and win the Premier League."

  • Kealan Hughes

    Neville highlights key Arsenal player

    Gary Neville has identified Arsenal’s most important player this season as Thomas Partey after a series of high-quality performances.

    The pundit told Sky Sports: “We asked that question earlier on in terms of which player if you took them out the Arsenal team would do the most damage if they lost them and you probably would have said Jesus a few weeks ago but Nketiah has been unbelievable.

    “If I looked at them now, I think I would say Partey, having watched them in the three games since Christmas.

    “Honestly, in these three games I’ve seen live since Christmas I just think he’s holding a lot together in terms of the glue between the back four and Odegaard and the strikers.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    Jakub Kiwior reveals Gooner friendship

    New Arsenal signing Jakub Kiwior has revealed a text message he was sent from a former Gunners defender after his arrival at the Emirates Stadium.

    In his first official interview after moving to the club, Kiwior said that he had been in touch with former Gunners defender Krystian Bielik, who joined Arsenal in 2015.

    Kiwior explained: "I remember when Wojciech Szczesny and Krystian Bielik played here. I haven't had a chance to speak to Wojciech yet – we'll definitely have a chat when we meet up for international duty.

    "I got a message from Krystian straight away congratulating me. That was nice, plus he told me to text him if I had any problems or anything like that. I'm really happy to get such a positive reaction right away."

  • Kealan Hughes

    Gabriel Jesus provides injury update

    Arsenal forward Gabriel Jesus has suggested he could return from injury by late February, putting a time frame on his ongoing recovery at around another ‘four or five weeks’.

    Jesus hasn’t played for Arsenal since then due to a knee problem sustained while on duty with Brazil at the tournament in Qatar.

    He provided an update on his injury, saying: "Maybe four or five weeks more, I come back."

  • Kealan Hughes

    Arsenal chase young right-back

    Arsenal have matched Borussia Dortmund's £13million offer for Real Valladolid right-back Ivan Fresneda.

    The 18-year-old is expected to make his decision over the next 24 hours and will be loaned back for the season.

    However, Dortmund believe they hold an edge with the career pathway they can promise the teenager.

  • Kealan Hughes

    Granit Xhaka picks up award

    Granit Xhaka has been named Switzerland’s male national team Player of the Year for 2022.

    After picking up the gong the midfielder said: "Very proud to be named Switzerland Player of the Year.

    "Big thanks for the support – it really means a lot.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    Odegaard 'doesn't care' about City

    Martin Odegaard insists Arsenal ‘don’t care’ about champions Manchester City as they remain focused on their own impressive form in the Premier League title race.

    He said: "No, honestly, we don’t care about City or any other team.

    "We expected them to win so that was not a big surprise and we just focused on our game, to come here and win and that’s what we did.

    "The way we won this game gives us a special feeling that will help as well. It’s a long season. We’re just halfway through, there are many games to be played so we have to stay calm and humble.

    "Our only focus is the next game and that’s all that matters. We have to stay focused like this."

  • Kealan Hughes

    Carragher praises 'amazing' Arsenal star

    Jamie Carragher told Monday Night Football on Sky Sports that Martin Odegaard deserves to win the Premier League player of the year award, even if he expects the ‘sensational’ Arsenal star to be overlooked by his peers.

    He said: “I think all the players will vote for Haaland. Odegaard at Arsenal has been absolutely sensational but I just know what players are like, I’ve been in the dressing room, and they just think Haaland has scored so many goals, he’s been amazing.

    “But I just think if Arsenal win the title the role of Odegaard has been sensational, I think he’s brilliant. He’s the closest thing to De Bruyne, that player who every time he gets the ball you think something is going to happen. Yesterday he was fantastic.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    Arsenal consider signing Everton star

    Arsenal and Newcastle United are both interested in Amadou Onana as they position themselves to rival Chelsea for the Everton midfielder.

    That’s according to Belgian transfer reporter Sacha Tavolieri, who has taken to Twitter to make claims about Onana’s future.

    Tavolieri claims that an exit for Onana was ‘initially unthinkable’ but the exit of Frank Lampard on Monday and Everton’s financial situation means a deal could be done.

  • Kealan Hughes

    Arsenal enter race for midfielder

    Arsenal have reportedly joined Chelsea in the transfer chase for Brighton’s Moises Caicedo.

    Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Arsenal are plotting a swoop on Brighton again.

    However, they face stiff competition from Premier League rivals Chelsea and Liverpool for Ecuadorian midfield star Caicedo, who has recently employed a new agent.

    He tweeted: “Official. Moises Caicedo has picked Futbol Division as new agents — it’s now confirmed by agency statement.

    “One to watch in the final days of Jan window — Brighton want to keep him but Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal are well informed on Moises situation.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    Crooks wowed by Arsenal star

    Garth Crooks has praised Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah on BBC Sport for his performance against Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium at the weekend.

    The former Tottenham Hotspur forward has included the Arsenal striker in his BBC Premier League Team of the Week.

    Crooks wrote: “I honestly thought that the loss of Gabriel Jesus to injury would have a devastating effect on Arsenal’s title chances. I couldn’t have been further from the truth.

    “From the day Nketiah came into the Arsenal team to deputise for Jesus, he has been in blistering goalscoring form.

    “His goals-per-game ratio has been off the chart. The striker has scored seven goals in his past seven games.

    “What Arteta does when Jesus is fit is anyone’s guess but if he were to play 4-4-2 with Jesus and Nketiah up front as a partnership, it’s game over.”

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