Arsenal latest: Including Fulham team news and Xhaka

Adel Taarabt

News and gossip from Arsenal FC in the past 24 hours.

Jack Wilshere has admitted that the recent England call-up has probably come a bit too soon for him but is pleased to know he is in Roy Hodgson’s future plans. The 20-year-old has not played for England since a 2-2 draw with Switzerland under Fabio Capello. Arsene Wenger is reportedly not happy at the idea of him playing for the Three Lions however it is believed that club and country have spoken and come to a compromise on the issue.

Granit Xhaka could emerge as a transfer target for Arsenal in January. Swiss newspaper Blick has reported that Borussia Monchengladbach’s resolve over their summer signing could be tested in the winter as Arsenal look to revive interest in the 20-year-old who they, along with Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester United, missed out on in the summer. Any deal will likely cost in excess of £7 million.

More news on the pursuit of Dutch defensive sensation Riechedly Bazoer who is becoming one of Europe’s most sought after teenagers. The 16-year-old has been offered a three-year professional deal at current club PSV Eindhoven but it is widely expected he will move to England with Chelsea, Manchester City and Newcastle United also interested.

Arsenal are joining the race for Burnley’s goal machine Charlie Austin. Arsene Wenger is willing to take a gamble on the 20-goal man who has been in sensational form already this season. The former bricklayer is also being chased by Liverpool, Everton, Reading, Newcastle United and Aston Villa but Arsenal would consider themselves front-runners in the race for his signature.

Arsenal’s 2012-13 kit has been voted the best strip in the Premier League this season. Mirror readers voted the current Gunners strip into first place with almost 20% of the vote beating off the challenge of Liverpool who finished in second spot.

Bacary Sagna’s contract talks at the club have stalled and it has fuelled rumours that Inter Milan could make a move for the French international. Arsenal see Carl Jenkinson as their long term right-back and are therefore not ready to offer Sagna the deal he feel he deserves and coupled with his criticism of the club earlier in the year it seems the writing could be on the wall for his Arsenal career.

Martin Jol has stoked the flames ahead of the upcoming fixture with The Gunners on Sunday by claiming the fans should not expect to win any trophies. In team news Arsenal will be without suspended midfielder Jack Wilshere while Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain face late fitness tests. Wojciech Szczsesny could return from his ankle ailment but Gervinho, Kieran Gibbs, Abou Diaby and Tomas Rosicky all remain on the side-lines.

What are your thoughts ahead of the game with Fulham this weekend and in relation to all the news in the 24 hours?

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