Arsenal weekend round-up: Draxler 'would go' to Emirates, derby win and Viviano

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All the news and gossip from the past 48 hours at The Emirates.

Arsenal have won the North London Derby. An early strike from Olivier Giroud proved the difference, and a 1-0 scoreline was preserved by both Hugo Lloris and Wojciech Szczesny in a close encounter - but Arsenal have the bragging rights in the neighbourhood for now.

Jack Wilshere had to come off in the tie after feeling unwell, and he was replaced by Mathieu Flamini. The French international making his second debut after re-signing for the club in the week.

Arsenal could be about to make a third signing of the summer. It is reported in Italy that a deal to snap up Palermo goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano on a season long loan deal is in the offing.

The Italian international is said to be travelling to London for a medical today and the deal should be announced tomorrow.

Viviano spent last season on loan with Fiorentina but his current side need to slash their wage bill after relegation to Serie B.

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Arsenal are said to be in the running for Julian Draxler this weekend. There has been reports that Arsenal will offer a large sum for the player with Lukas Podolski potentially going the other direction.

Schalke value him at an eye-watering £60 million.

And today he has opened up a can of worms by suggesting he would leave the club:

‘Schalke could say ‘well £30million is not so bad’ and then I can’t do much about it. I would go.

‘If the club wants to sell me, I will not say ‘no I want to stay here’. We will see if anything extraordinary happens on Monday.’

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Arsenal could ‘hijack’ the transfer of Jefferson Montero to Cardiff City according to reports. The Ecuadorian winger currently plays in Mexico for Morelia and has 27 caps for the Ecuadorian national team.

Arsenal are still considering Juan Mata as a transfer option - but believe he must hand in a transfer request for them to seal a deal for the Spanish international.

Mata looks set to be down the pecking order this season as Jose Mourinho appears to prefer the more industrious Andre Schurrle and Kevin De Bruyne to play alongside Oscar and Eden Hazard this season - while £30 million has just been spent on Willian.

Finally, Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has told Arsenal to make a second bid for Yohan Cabaye quickly or a deal will not be happening:

‘’I don't know until 11pm [on Monday]. We have told his agent, "Look, come on, play the game", because we have got to replace him [if we sell him] and we can't afford to replace him before he goes because we're not sure he is going to go. That bid needs to come in, if it's coming in, early. If not, it won't happen - well, I think it won't happen, but you can never tell with this football club.’’

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