All the latest news and gossip from the past 24 hours at The Emirates.
It was reported in Italian media a few days ago that Arsenal were one of many teams interested in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup Golden Ball winner Kelechi Iheanacho - and today that has been confirmed to the British press.
The player’s agent, Henry Galeano, had this to say on Arsenal’s interest in his clients services:
"We're ecstatic to have another major club like Arsenal following young Iheanacho. That said, the attention is well deserved. Iheanacho’s performance at the World Cup was indeed remarkable. "At present we are considering and evaluating all options. The thought of him following in the footsteps of the great Kanu definitely has a nice ring to it."
The Spanish striker, who recently earned a recall to the Spanish national side, struggled to adapt to life in Italy at first - admitting that after a year out of favour with Athletic Bilbao he was unfit and struggled with the training regime:
"I could hardly train as my body simply couldn't keep up. My body was not used to working so much and I felt completely drained. I had a lot of doubts and was ready to throw in the towel.’’
Mesut Ozil is set to be fit for the upcoming Germany friendlies against Italy and England. The playmaker had originally been struggling to make it for the fixtures, after picking up the sickness bug doing the rounds at The Emirates.
However he is now set to play according to German coach Jogi Low:
“Mesut is feeling better. I expect that he will take full part in our final training session.’’
Arsene Wenger is reportedly set to reignite his interest in the services of Anderlecht defender Cheikhou Kouyate.
The powerful centre-back has been a prior target of Wenger’s but he has not managed to snap him up.
However the Brussels club admit that they could sell him this January:
‘’We expect to keep our star players, but Kouyate could leave. ‘We know there is interest in him in the Premier League. If a suitable offer arrives he can leave.’’
His arrival could spell the end of Thomas Vermaelen’s Arsenal career, despite the Belgian stating he was happy at the club this week.
Arsenal keeper Damian Martinez will stay at Sheffield Wednesday for an extra couple of months - keeping him at the club until the New Year.
Wednesday boss Dave Jones is clearly happy with the performances of the Argentine stopper:
"We're really happy with how Damian has done; he's a quality keeper and is pushing Chris Kirkland all the way.’’
Arsenal have reportedly been offered Salomon Kalou by Lille. The former Chelsea player has a £2.5 million release clause in his deal at the French club, and has been in rich form since the turn of the year.
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