Arsenal latest: North London derby team news and Podolski for Draxler?

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All the news and gossip from the past 24 hours at The Emirates.

Team news now ahead of the North London Derby this Sunday. Arsenal have Laurent Koscielny back in contention for domestic competitions after serving his ban for a red-card against Aston Villa on the opening day.

Aaron Ramsey has recovered from his groin problem and is expected to start while new signing Mathieu Flamini is likely to be in the squad.

Lukas Podolski will miss the tie with a torn hamstring. 

The latest name being linked with a move to Arsenal is German wonderkid Julian Draxler. The Schalke 04 star, who signed a contract extension until 2018 at the end of the season, has previously intimated he has no desire to leave Gelsenkirchen until next season at the earliest.

But Arsenal are now said to be readying a potential £40 million bid for the talented German. However, Schalke rate their starlet at a quite astonishing fee of £60 million.

Former Premier League player and now TV pundit in Germany Jan Age Fjortoft has spoken of the deal on Twitter, suggesting that Arsenal made a €30 million plus Lukas Podolski offer for the teenager.

Interest in Yohan Cabaye has reportedly ended, after Arsenal told Newcastle United they will not pay over £12 million for the French international midfielder.

The Toon were holding out for a fee closer to the £20 million mark for their star - which Arsenal considered too high.

Cabaye, who has sat out Newcastle’s last three games, came on against Fulham this afternoon.

They are now expected to up their pursuit of St Etienne midfielder Josuah Guilavogui. The club have reportedly bid £8.6 million for the player. But Atletico Madrid now appear to be the front runners for the player.

South American news outlet Terra, claim that Atletico Madrid have sealed a deal for Guilavogui.

Their report states: "Atletico Madrid squeezes the last hours of the transfer market.The club has completed the incorporation of Josuha Guilavogui , French midfielder Saint-Etienne, for about 10 million euros."

Arsenal will not be signing Geoffrey Kondogbia - after the talented young French international joined AS Monaco late last night. The £20 million man spoke of his ambition after completing a deal to join the club - and he is yet another midfielder the club have missed out on this summer.

Despite intimating yesterday that Nicklas Bendtner could stay at Arsenal, Crystal Palace have reopened negotiations with the player about a move to Selhurst Park.

With that in mind Arsenal are said to be after a former Chelsea player - in the form of Salamon Kalou. The Ivorian has been in great form recently for Lille and has a very affordable release clause of £2.6 million - but he will only move to a team giving him assurances of playing through the middle.

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