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Arsenal latest: Including Sagna and Santos

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

Arsene Wenger will reportedly revitalise his interest in Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina in January. The Spaniard has been off form at Anfield this season but Arsene Wenger is looking into bringing in an experienced stopper to rival Wojciech Szczesny for the number one spot after being underwhelmed by the performances of Vito Mannone. According to reports in Spain a deal is possible considering Liverpool’s current financial worries.

Carl Jenkinson will earn a reported £32k-a-week at The Emirates. It signifies a huge pay-rise for the right-back who signed a new five-year-deal with the club yesterday. The signing of his new deal was deemed a major issue at the club as concerns grow over the future of Bacary Sagna.

However Sagna himself has claimed he is not interested in a move. The right-back is reportedly a major target for Italian side Internazionale but insists his time at Arsenal has been ‘magic’ and that he still loves playing for the club.

Luiz Adriano has emerged as a January transfer target for Arsene Wenger. The Arsenal boss is keen to bolster his attacking options in the transfer window and the Brazilian, who has scored 45 goals in 107 appearances for Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine is also wanted by Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool and any potential deal reportedly depends on the club being able to move misfit striker Maraoune Chamakh off of their current wage-bill.

Arsenal are hopeful that they will be able to call upon both Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for the North London derby this weekend. The two are missing from the midweek England international through injury but hope that the former Southampton pair will both be available for the fixture is high. There is another boost as number one stopper Wojciech Szczesny is also ready for a recall after finally recovering from an ankle injury. He has made just one appearance in the league this term, where he made a blunder against Southampton in a 6-1 win at The Emirates.

Reports today suggest Arsenal are far from the favourites to sign Crystal Palace sensation Wilfried Zaha and instead Manchester United have already stole a march on a potential deal months before the furore over his signature began. The recent England call-up has reportedly been a long term interest for Sir Alex Ferguson and it is believed The Red Devils will be very aggressive in their pursuit in order to pip Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and The Gunners to the Ivorian born forward.

Andre Santos, who has been a much maligned figure at The Emirates following a poor performance against Manchester United is reportedly in the crosshairs for Brazilian side Sao Paulo. Reports in Brazil suggest they are after the left-back who is also being courted by numerous teams in Turkey. Arsenal are keen on selling the 29-year-old for the right price and a return to Brazil seems a possibility.

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