Arsenal transfer news: Catch all the latest Gunners news including updates on Mykhaylo Mudryk, Adrien Rabiot, Joao Felix and Youri Tielemans

    Mykhaylo Mudryk continues to be linked with a move to Arsenal.
    Mykhaylo Mudryk continues to be linked with a move to Arsenal. (Image: Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

    Hello and welcome to today’s Arsenal live blog on Thursday, January 5.

    The dust has settled on the Gunners’ goalless draw with Newcastle from Tuesday night and attention will now be turning to this evening’s game involving their title rivals Manchester City who face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

    As for Mikel Arteta’s side, preparations will now be beginning for the third round FA Cup clash against Oxford that is set to take place at the Kassam Stadium on Monday.

    The latest transfer news from north London, of course involves Mykhaylo Mudryk, who will be celebrating his 22nd birthday today, with Arsenal tabling another offer to Shakhtar that looks set to be rejected. Meanwhile, Chelsea are plotting a transfer hijack for the winger with Dario Srna set to be at the Blues’ clash with Man City.

    Elsewhere, a fresh update on the January status of Youri Tielemans, as well as the latest news surrounding Adrien Rabiot and Joao Felix. With that said, keep the blog on lock as football.london will be bringing you the latest on any Arsenal news and transfers rumours.

    20:43LUKE THROWER

    Transfer latest

    According to @David_Ornstein:

    Chelsea have entered the $105M race for Mykhailo Mudryk alongside Arsenal.
    Arsenal could bring in Joao Felix on loan.
    As things stand, Enzo Fernandez is NOT joining Chelsea.#MyPLMorning | #CFC | #AFC pic.twitter.com/vrLTaYRKe7— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) January 5, 2023

    19:56LUKE THROWER

    Mudryk boost

    19:25LUKE THROWER

    Former defender return

    Transfer expert Florian Plettenberg reports that former Arsenal defender Konstantinos Mavropanos wants to leave VfB Stuttgart, less than one-year after signing for the Bundesliga club.

    The Greek centre-back could be set for a return to England too, with Premier League sides eyeing a move.

    19:07LUKE THROWER

    Arsenal claim

    Arsenal have been handed some title advice by Jamie Carragher after their draw against Newcastle in midweek.

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    18:38LUKE THROWER

    Transfer advice

    Paul Merson is unsure that Brighton winger Kaoru Mitoma could be the alternative target for Mykhaylo Mudryk at Arsenal in the coming weeks.

    Merson told the Express: “Arsenal need to set Shakhtar Donetsk a deadline with Mykhaylo Mudryk. They’ve offered £62m and it should now be ‘take it or leave it’ otherwise the January transfer window will soon be over. I’m not sure about Mitoma. You’re playing for Brighton at the moment, it’s nice. They were beaten 4-2 at home to Arsenal and nobody said a word.

    “It’s a different game altogether. Arsenal drew at home to Newcastle and it’s the end of the world for them at the moment. I don’t see how Mitoma would cope with it, it’s a big step up. I know Mudryk is coming from Ukraine but he’s been playing Champions League football and ripping it up.”

    Arsenal and Chelsea are fighting it out for the signing of Mykhaylo Mudryk but the Gunners may have already faced the perfect alternative if they fail to land the Ukrainian. (Image: Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

    18:02LUKE THROWER

    Rice race

    Arsenal are “definitely” in the race to sign West Ham midfielder Declan Rice in the summer, according to reports.

    The England international is reaching the final year of his contract with the Hammers and could be available at a cut-price in the summer.

    17:42LUKE THROWER

    Shakhtar chiefs spotted

    Shakhtar Donetsk chief Darijo Srna has been spotted in London ahead of potential talks with Arsenal and Chelsea over a move for winger Mykhaylo Mudryk.

    Alonside him was former Gunners and Blues players Willian and Eduardo.

    17:18LUKE THROWER

    Lozano interest

    Arsenal are eyeing a potential move for Mexico international star Hrving Lozano, according to Italian publication La Repubblica.

    The forward is out of contract in 2024 and an exit from Napoli could come as low as £25million in the January transfer market.

    If Napoli were open to a deal then Hirving Lozano could be a perfect Arsenal target (Image: SSC NAPOLI/SSC NAPOLI via Getty Images))

    17:03LUKE THROWER

    Nketiah claim

    Former Arsenal midfielder William Gallas has claimed that the Gunners don’t need Mykhaylo Mudryk as Eddie Nketiah will be just fine.

    He told GentingCasino: “I don’t know if Arsenal need Mykhailo Mudryk for the second part of the season. Maybe they do. As I said, the season is very long. But at the same time, Arteta has his squad already, players on the bench, players who can come on and play in that position like Nketiah.

    “It’s really difficult to get an answer to that question because I’m not there and I don’t know what is going down. So if they sign him, they know why. I’m sure Mudryk is a great player who can help the squad. So if that player can help them to win the title then they should buy him.”

    Eddie Nketiah impressed during Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

    16:43LUKE THROWER

    Mudryk hint

    Arsenal transfer target Mykhaylo Mudryk took to social media to drop what could be interpreted as a ‘come and get me’ plea to the Gunners as the transfer saga involving him continues to heat up. The 21-year-old is said to be keen on a move to England and has made his feelings clear on his future countless times.

    Read the full story here.

    16:23LUKE THROWER

    Done deal

    Arsenal Women have confirmed the exit of midfield icon Jordan Nobbs to Aston Villa during the January transfer window.

    Since joining in 2010, Nobbs managed over 270 competitive appearances for the club, winning 12 trophies in that time.

    Penning a statement on the official website, she said: “I’ve had the time of my life here, and if you’re reading this, you’ve played a massive part in making this journey so special to me. I will always love this football club. Thank you, Arsenal, for everything.”

    Jordan Nobbs has left Arsenal after 12 years with the club to join Aston Villa. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

    16:04LUKE THROWER

    Mudryk claim

    Shakhtar Donetsk director Carlo Nicolini told Calciomercato: “Napoli have asked about Mudryk.

    “His price? Look at Antony’s fee. The problem with Italian clubs is that they don’t take the chance when they should. Look at Enzo, Milan could have signed him and now he’s worth 100m”

    Arsenal have their own secret agent in the Mykhaylo Mudryk transfer race (Image: Photo by JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

    15:36LUKE THROWER

    James Maddison hint

    Brendan Rodgers may have dropped a hint over a possible exit for James Maddison at Leicester City in the transfer window.

    The England international has been previously linked with the Gunners and when asked about possible exits this January, the manager said: “It’s getting more difficult. The financial resources, not just in the top six, makes it really difficult. Clubs have multiple injections of finances. We have one owner and one family. Each year it gets tougher. It doesn’t soften our ambition to be super competitive.”

    Before adding on the window: “There are possibilities [for players to leave]. There are players who may look to play, but teams have to want those players. We have some young players who may need loans. We’ll see.”

    James Maddison of Leicester has been linked with a transfer to Tottenham, Arsenal and Newcastle in recent months. (Image: (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images))

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    15:18LUKE THROWER

    Mudryk meeting

    Arsenal are set to have a direct meeting with Shakhtar Donetsk over a move for winger Mykhaylo Mudryk.

    Meanwhile, later tonight, their rivals Chelsea are also expected to meet with directors to discuss the possibility of a switch.

    14:36AARON CATTERSON-REID

    Gallas questions Mudryk move

    William Gallas has questioned Arsenal’s pursuit of Mykhaylo Mudryk.

    “I don’t know if Arsenal need Mykhailo Mudryk for the second part of the season. Maybe they do,” Gallas told Getting Casino.

    “As I said, the season is very long. But at the same time, Arteta has his squad already, players on the bench, players who can come on and play in that position like Nketiah.

    “It’s really difficult to get an answer to that question because I’m not there and I don’t know what is going down. So if they sign him, they know why.

    “I’m sure Mudryk is a great player who can help the squad. So if that player can help them to win the title then they should buy him.”

    Shakhtar Donetsk Ukranian forward Mykhaylo Mudryk gives a press conference on the eve of their UEFA Champions League 1st round day 3 group F football match against Real Madrid, at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on October 4, 2022. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO / AFP) (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

    14:05AARON CATTERSON-REID

    Mudryk preference

    Transfer guru David Ornstein has spoken about Arsenal’s interest in Mykhaylo Mudryk.

    “They’ll [Arsenal] look to do some business in the January market”, Ornstein said to Sky Sports.

    “They want a couple of players.

    “It’s been quite well-documented now, with Mudryk, Chelsea are monitoring the situation. I don’t know if they’ll beat Arsenal to him, let’s wait and see. Mudryk has been quite clear in stating his desire to join.”

    Arsenal have their own secret agent in the Mykhaylo Mudryk transfer race (Image: Photo by JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

    13:33AARON CATTERSON-REID

    Messi comparison

    Arsenal hero Tony Adams has compared Bukayo Saka to PSG star Lionel Messi.

    Speaking to the Seaman Says podcast, Adams said: “I think player of the season is Saka. The kid is just phenomenal.

    “I had a bit of a go at Gareth [Southgate] during the World Cup for taking him off. He’s every bit as good as Messi, Messi is obviously at the end of his career.”

    LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 03: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal and Bruno Guimaraes of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on January 3, 2023 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

    Dein’s call

    Former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein has claimed that football matches should be reduced to 60 minutes.

    Speaking to talkSport, Dein said: “I’m talking to all the FIFA officials, they know where it is at, I have made presentations to them.

    “Slowly, but surely, we will get it on the agenda. The next thing I would like is to see it trialled in a junior tournament and see how it goes.

    David Dein and Arsène Wenger during the Legends of Football 2019, Grosvenor House, London, UK, Monday 07 October 2019 (Image: JM Enternational)

    Arteta criticism

    Chris Sutton has heavily criticised Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta for his touchline antics during Tuesday evening’s 0-0 draw with Newcastle United.

    “There is a fine line between being passionate and a clown and Mikel Arteta was the latter on Tuesday,” Sutton told the Daily Mail.

    “It can be entertaining but it can be embarrassing, too.”

    Mikel Arteta has come under scrutiny for his behaviour during Arsenal’s 0-0 draw with Newcastle. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

    Double nomination

    Both Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka have been nominated for Premier League player of the month!

    Mudryk claim

    Transfer expert Simon Phillips has claimed that sources close to Shakhtar star Mykhaylo Mudryk expect the player to join Arsenal over Chelsea.

    Speaking about Mudryk to GiveMeSport, Phillips said: “Chelsea hold an interest, but the feeling from sources is he has his heart set on joining Arsenal, and we expect that to happen.

    “It feels a bit like Chelsea could be being used to get Arsenal to pay up for him, but that’s my opinion.”

    Declan Rice pursuit

    Arsenal could make a move for West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice this summer, according to transfer guru Ben Jacobs.

    Rice has been heavily linked with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United in the past, although the Gunners could certainly provide stiff competition considering their impressive progress under head coach Mikel Arteta.

    Arteta defence

    Ian Wright has defended Mikel Arteta’s touchline actions after the Arsenal boss came under criticism from the likes of Alan Shearer following the Gunners’ 0-0 draw against Newcastle United on Tuesday evening.

    Speaking on Premier League Productions, Wright said: “The way Mikel Arteta acts, it’s like he always acts on the line.

    “It’s going to be very difficult for me to say something about my own manager because sometimes it looks like ‘yeah, he is managing every aspect of the game’.

    “But that’s just how he is. I am quite used to seeing it now. It doesn’t bother me. Hopefully, that won’t work against him simply because the team are doing so well – you don’t want to get into that ‘scandalous’ penalty decision and stuff.”

    Mikel Arteta has come under scrutiny for his behaviour during Arsenal’s 0-0 draw with Newcastle. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

    Vlahovic move?

    Transfer guru Dean Jones has reported that Arsenal are unlikely to sign Juventus forward Dusan Vlahovic during the January transfer window.

    Speaking to GiveMeSport, Jones said: “I’m still told the chances of getting Vlahovic in this window are slim to no chance

    “But at the end of the season, if Arsenal maintain this kind of form they will be capable of pretty much anything in the transfer market.

    “Juventus are very unsettled at the moment and I think there is a very real chance top talent will be available from them in the summer.”

    Mudryk hint

    Arsenal’s pursuit of Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk has been well-documented in recent times, with the player undoubtedly keen to secure a move during the January transfer window.

    Now, the talented winger has ‘liked’ a picture on Instagram that makes his desire to leave the Ukrainian club extremely clear.

    Mudryk ‘likes’ picture on Instagram that hints at his desire to join Arsenal.

    Torres update

    According to Spanish outlet Sport, Barcelona frontman Ferran Torres is keen to remain at the Catalan club and is unlikely to leave during the January transfer window.

    Arsenal have been linked with a move for Torres in recent times.

    Tielemans decision

    Arsenal’s interest in Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans has cooled football.london understands.

    Some reports have claimed that the north London outfit could make a move for the Belgian during the January transfer window, but that seems unlikely as things stand.

    LEICESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 26: Youri Tielemans of Leicester City during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Newcastle United at The King Power Stadium on December 26, 2022 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

    08:26KIERAN HORN

    Chelsea plot Mudryk hijack

    Chelsea are reportedly considering a move to hijack Arsenal’s move for Mykhaylo Mudryk. The Shakhtar Donetsk winger looks almost certain to secure a move to the Premier League in January after becoming a priority signing by Mikel Arteta’s side this month.

    However, Todd Boehly could swoop in and sign Mudryk from right under the noses of the Gunners with the latest update revealing a key meeting is set to take place between Shakhtar and Chelsea.

    Read the full story here

    Rabiot contract U-turn

    Juventus have sent their latest contract proposal to Adrien Rabiot in the hopes of fending off interest from ChelseaArsenal and Manchester United. The midfielder’s contract in Italy expires in the summer of 2023 and Juve are pushing to keep him at the club beyond the expiration of his current deal.

    Both London clubs and United are eyeing new midfield options, with Chelsea particularly in need of a rebuild in the position, while Arsenal are on the lookout for more depth in the centre of the park, however they may need to look elsewhere if Rabiot chooses to accept Juve’s latest proposal.

    Read the full story here

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