Arsenal hope in Reus pursuit while Vermaelen insists he wants to stay

All the morning news from The Emirates this Tuesday.

Arsenal are one of a number of Premier League teams who have been given hope in the pursuit of Borussia Dortmund playmaker Marco Reus - after the Bundesliga outfit admitted that the German international has a release clause in his current deal.

Manchester City and Manchester United are also being linked with the player - although the exact figure of his release clause is not yet known for sure.

However the fact Dortmund have chosen to reveal this fact suggests they are open to the idea of selling the player if that price-tag is meant.

It is the second time Die Schwarzgelben have found themselves in this position - after Mario Gotze had his release fee activated by Bayern Munich in the summer.

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker is expected to put pen-to-paper on a new four-year deal with the club after an incredible 2013 in North London.

The German international has formed an excellent partnership with Laurent Koscielny in the heart of the Gunners defence, and is now set to be rewarded for that form by the club.

Meanwhile another Arsenal defender has been protesting his case at the club. Thomas Vermaelen has lost a place as a regular in the first-team at The Emirates due to the form of Mertesacker and Koscielny - and has therefore seen himself linked with a move away from North London.

However he insists he has a future with the team:

"I'm still confident I can play for this club. I keep reading stories that I want to leave. But that's not the case. I'm still focused on the team. I am always positive. In any case, it is not about my situation. It's what the team do and I am really happy that we're top of the league."

Karim Benzema continues to be linked with a move to Arsenal overnight. The Real Madrid striker is being watched by Arsene Wenger, who wants to bring in another striker to help relieve pressure from the shoulders of current star Olivier Giroud.

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