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ARSENAL are exploring the possibility of signing French phenomenon Kylian Mbappe according to reports.

Mbappe’s current contract with PSG is set to expire in June, meaning he will become a free agent in the summer and is free to speak to other clubs in January.

Meanwhile, Takehiro Tomiyasu has been offered a new deal to stay at the Emirates.

And the north London outfit are also keen on wrapping up a move for Douglas Luiz who is reportedly at the top of their transfer wish list in January.

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  • By James Orr

    FA Cup draw this weekend

    Arsenal will be in the hat for the FA Cup third round draw this weekend as the Premier League sides join the party.

    The big draw will be taking place from tomorrow afternoon at 1pm.

    And the Gunners will be ball number 2 to look out for!

  • By James Orr

    Arteta calls for VAR patience

    Mikel Arteta is calling for patience with VAR — as he awaits his fate for criticising the technology.

    The Gunners boss will find out next week if he faces any punishment for labelling a decision that cost his side “embarrassing” and a “disgrace”.

    But a month on from his rant after a controversial Anthony Gordon goal gave Newcastle a 1-0 win over his side, Arteta has softened his view.

    The Spaniard said: “I think we can improve it. We’re trying to do that.

    “All those things that are happening I think are probably necessary to improve it and we have to take it that way.

    “Technology is taking a huge responsibility in games and it needs time.

    “If we use it the right way, we are listening to people, we are open, we are humble and we are trying to be constructive, I think we will get to a really, really good place.”

  • By Cosmo Teare

    Can Arsenal extend their lead at the top?

    Arsenal play Wolves today at 3pm and will look to extend their lead at the top to 4 points with a win.

    Nearest rivals Manchester City play Spurs tomorrow and Gooners may be in the uncomfortable position of cheering their fiercest rivals on.

    Arsenal vs Wolves

    Premier League leaders look to build on emphatic midweek win

  • By Cosmo Teare

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    Gunns loaded

    Arsenal reportedly had eight other names on their transfer wishlist before swooping to sign Kai Havertz.

    The Athletic Football Podcast states that Havertz is highly-rated by everybody at his new club.

    But Arteta and Gunners transfer chief Edu did have other targets in mind – including an England international.

    It claims that Mason Mount, who also left Chelsea for Manchester United in a £60m move this summer, was one.

    Experienced German star Ilkay Gundogan, who quit Manchester City to join Barcelona on a free transfer once his contract expired, was another.

    Mohammed Kudus, the 23-year-old Ghana international, was also on the list – but ultimately joined West Ham.

    And the other person on that list is a man they have held a long-term interest in. That player is Inter Milan’s Nicolo Barella, 26, who has 51 caps for Italy.

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  • By Cosmo Teare

    Arsenal in advanced talks with Ben White

    Arsenal are in advanced talks with Ben White over extending his contract.

    The Gunners are hopeful of securing a deal by Christmas.

    The Gunners are also in talks to extend Tomiyasu's deal.


    Ben White in advanced talks over new Arsenal deal with team-mate to follow

  • By Cosmo Teare

    Xhaka fires shots at Zinchenko

    Granit Xhaka took aim at former team-mate Oleksandr Zinchenko with a hilarious Instagram comment following Arsenal's 6-0 win over Lens.

    It was an impressive performance from the Gunners, with six different players scoring.

    The Ukraine international later took to Instagram to share an image from the Emirates Stadium with a caption that read: "Let’s go for more @Arsenal."

    However, ex-Gunner Xhaka was quick to playfully taunt him about his lack of game time after he was withdrawn at half time.

    Xhaka said: "Did you play?" Alongside a laughing emoji.


    Xhaka fires brutal dig at Zinchenko after Arsenal star celebrates win over Lens

  • By Cosmo Teare

    I'm becoming famous for a different reason…

    Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has said he is now just as recognised for his punditry career than his illustrious spells at Arsenal and Barcelona.

    Titi works on CBS' wildly successful coverage of the Champions League alongside Kate Abdo, Jamie Carragher and Micah Richards.

    And he says he has fans constantly coming up to him in the street because of it.


    I won league titles with Arsenal – I'm just as recognised in my new career

  • By Cosmo Teare

    Saka's excellent Champions League record

    Bukayo Saka has now contributed to seven goals in the Champions League this season – more than any other player.

    The winger has three goals and four assists so far in the Champions League.

    Credit: Getty
  • By Cosmo Teare

    Havertz snubs Chelsea

    Kai Havertz snubbed his former Chelsea team-mates when he named the best striker he has ever played with.

    He told  SportDaily that the best striker he played with wasn't Romelu Lukaku or Olivier Giroud – it was in fact Gabriel Jesus!

    After a difficult start to life in an Arsenal shirt – the midfielder has began to find some form with two goals in his last two games.


    Havertz snubs ex-Chelsea pals as Arsenal star names best striker he's played with

  • By Cosmo Teare

    The next Garnacho?

    Fans online claimed that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang "turned into Garnacho" in Marseille's 4-3 victory over Ajax.

    The former Arsenal captain scored a wonderful overhead kick as part of a hat-trick for Marseille.


    Watch Aubameyang ‘turn into Garnacho’ with stunning overhead kick vs Ajax

  • By Cosmo Teare

    Pedro Neto could play for any top club

    Sky Sports pundit Don Goodman has told OLBG that Pedro Neto could play for any top club.

    On the Arsenal target, Goodman said: "I think Pedro Neto could go to any of the big clubs – he's that good. Wolves fans are resigned to the fact they will lose him, with respect to them.

    “Neto is a top-level player and Wolves can't lay claim to being one of those clubs right now. You have to grab the football opportunities with both hands and embrace the chances to develop your career and play at the highest level – and that means the Champions League. He's that good.

    “Wolves will be able to keep Neto in January, and it's promising to hear him talk about how much he loves the club, fans, and the area. He's very settled and he'll have to revisit that in the summer.

    “Arsenal are the ones who are linked with him, but I'd be very surprised if most of the big teams aren’t keeping an eye on him. He's been sensational.

  • By Cosmo Teare

    Arsenal release new collection

    Arsenal have released a new collaboration with legendary striker Ian Wright.

    The likes of Ediie Nketiah, Gabriel and David Raya all modelled the collection.


    Arsenal unveil wild new shirt after collaboration with club legend Ian Wright

  • By Cosmo Teare

    Kai Havertz invokes Ozil

    Kau Havertz invoked fellow German Gunners legend Mesut Ozil after Arsenal's win over Lens.

    The midfielder tweeted: "Into the UCL knockouts!! Great week, let’s keep it rolling #COYG #YaGunnersYa"

  • By Cosmo Teare

    Tomiyasu set to sign a new contract

    The Athletic report that Arsenal are in negotiations with Takehiro Tomiyasu over a new contract.

    His current deal is set to expire in 2025, although the club do have the option to extend it by a further 12 months.

    David Ornstein reports that a deal between the two parties is expected soon.

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  • By Ciaran Wiseman

    Ball numbers for FA Cup draw

    Arsenal have been given their ball number for Sunday's FA Cup third round draw.

    Premier League and Championship clubs will enter the competition at the third round in January.

    Ahead of the draw, which will take place during coverage of Eastleigh vs Reading, each club has been given their ball number in the draw.

    The Gunners will be ball number two, with rivals Tottenham number 40.

    FA Cup third round draw ball numbers

    1. AFC Bournemouth
    2. Arsenal
    3. Aston Villa
    4. Birmingham City
    5. Blackburn Rovers
    6. Brentford
    7. Brighton & Hove Albion
    8. Bristol City
    9. Burnley
    10. Cardiff City
    11. Chelsea
    12. Coventry City
    13. Crystal Palace
    14. Everton
    15. Fulham
    16. Huddersfield Town
    17. Hull City
    18. Ipswich Town
    19. Leeds United
    20. Leicester City
    21. Liverpool
    22. Luton Town
    23. Manchester City
    24. Manchester United
    25. Middlesbrough
    26. Millwall
    27. Newcastle United
    28. Norwich City
    29. Nottingham Forest
    30. Plymouth Argyle
    31. Preston North End
    32. Queens Park Rangers
    33. Rotherham United
    34. Sheffield United
    35. Sheffield Wednesday
    36. Southampton
    37. Stoke City
    38. Sunderland
    39. Swansea City
    40. Tottenham Hotspur
    41. Watford
    42. West Bromwich Albion
    43. West Ham United
    44. Wolverhampton Wanderers
    45. Maidstone United or Barrow
    46. Wycombe Wanderers or Morecambe
    47. Notts County or Shrewsbury Town
    48. Chesterfield or Leyton Orient
    49. Aldershot Town or Stockport County
    50. Alfreton Town or Walsall
    51. Blackpool or Forest Green Rovers
    52. Cambridge United or Fleetwood Town
    53. Bolton Wanderers or Harrogate Town
    54. Wrexham or Yeovil Town
    55. Crewe Alexandra or Bristol Rovers
    56. Peterborough United or Doncaster Rovers
    57. Eastleigh or Reading
    58. Gillingham or Charlton Athletic
    59. Stevenage or Port Vale
    60. Newport County or Barnet
    61. Oxford United or Grimsby Town
    62. York City or Wigan Athletic
    63. Sutton United or Horsham
    64. AFC Wimbledon or Ramsgate
  • By Ciaran Wiseman

    Xhaka aims dig at Zinchenko

    Granit Xhaka has aimed a dig at Oleksandr Zinchenko after celebrating Arsenal's win over Lens.

    The Gunners thrashed their French opponents 6-0 on Wednesday night.

    After the match, Xhaka could not resist leaving a hilarious comment on Instagram as Zinchenko shared a snap from the win.

    The former Arsenal man wrote: "Did you play?" with a crying laughing emoji.

    Credit: Getty
  • By Ciaran Wiseman

    Vlahovic addresses Arsenal links

    Dusan Vlahovic has shut down reports linking him with a January move to Arsenal.

    The Juventus striker had been rumoured to be an £86million transfer target for the Gunners.

    However, he has insisted he is not close to leaving the Italian giants, telling La Gazzetta dello Sport: "I didn’t experience it as a different summer from the others, from my point of view nothing happened.

    "I have always been focused and calm, even during the tour in America, when I missed the match against AC Milan due to a physical problem. I have always been calm.

    "I was always sure I wanted to stay. The noises are always there, and they are part of the game, if we start listening to everyone, we can go crazy.

    "I isolated myself and only thought about the retreat and in the end I’m very happy I stayed. It was what I wanted."

  • By Ciaran Wiseman

    Arsenal tipped for titles if they sign Toney

    Piers Morgan believes Arsenal are one signing away from winning both the Premier League and Champions League.

    The broadcaster has urged the Gunners to sign Brentford striker Ivan Toney to help them challenge on both fronts.

    Discussing the prospect of signing Toney, he told talkSPORT: "In the years that we won titles, we had Nicolas Anelka, Ian Wright, Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry, Robin van Persie and players of that calibre.

    "We don’t have one of those and if we had one of those, we’d have a great chance of not just winning the Premier League, but winning the Champions League.

    "Why shouldn’t we? We’ve made a statement of real intent this week and I think we’ve got a squad that can compete for the Champions League."

  • By Ciaran Wiseman

    Ex-Arsenal forward shines

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the hero for Marseille on Thursday night.

    The former Arsenal forward scored a hat-trick for the French side in a 4-3 win over Ajax in the Europa League.

    His treble included a stunning overhead kick and a stoppage time winner from the penalty spot.

    Marseille booked their place in the knockout stage with the win and will be confirmed as group winners if they avoid defeat against Brighton in their final match.

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  • By Ciaran Wiseman

    Arsenal icon slams Odegaard

    Martin Odegaard has been criticised for being "sloppy" by ex-Arsenal star Emmanuel Petit.

    The Gunners captain has also been told "he's not the same player" he was last season.

    "My main worry is players burning out by not getting enough rest because that has cost Arsenal over the last couple of seasons," Petit told Lord Ping.

    "They’ve lost some really important players to injury. I think the same thing has happened a little bit this season.

    "Odegaard is not the same player as he was last season at the moment.

    "He looks a bit sloppy in everything that he is doing, and he looks tired mentally and physically. It’s not easy to play every three days and to also play for your country."

  • By Ciaran Wiseman

    Havertz hails Jesus

    Kai Havertz has named Gabriel Jesus as the best striker he has ever played with.

    He chose the Brazilian ahead of former Chelsea team-mates Romelu Lukaku and Olivier Giroud.

    Speaking to SportDaily, Havertz explained: "I have to say really I think the best. I knew this before as well but now I see it in every training session.

    "It’s an honour to play with players like this, he’s one of those players who can turn a game around by himself and I think he’s the best."

  • By Ciaran Wiseman

    Gunners suffer transfer blow

    Arsenal are set to face competition to sign Genoa defender Radu Dragusin.

    The Gunners are in talks to sign the Romania international, according to his agent.

    However, Manchester United have now also opened negotiations with the 21-year-old, report Prosport.

    Dragusin has played every minute for Genoa in Serie A this season after making his loan move from Juventus permanent in the summer.

    Credit: Getty
  • By Ciaran Wiseman

    Arsenal confident of White agreement

    Arsenal are confident they can agree a new long-term deal with defender Ben White.

    Talks with the 26-year-old have been progressing well, according to the Standard.

    Although White is not out of contract until 2026, the Gunners are ready to reward him for his performances.

    White has missed just one league match so far this term and has made 20 appearances across all competitions.

  • By Ciaran Wiseman

    Tomiyasu set for new deal

    Arsenal have opened talks with Takehiro Tomiyasu over a new deal for the defender.

    The Japan international is currently out of contract at the end of next season.

    According to The Athletic, the Gunners have made an offer to Tomiyasu and an agreement is expected soon.

    The 25-year-old has made 18 appearances for Arsenal so far this season, scoring once.

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