All the latest news and gossip from The Emirates Stadium this morning.
Arsenal remain four points clear at the top of the table after defeating Hull City at The Emirates last night. With a busy schedule on the horizon Arsene Wenger took the risk of resting some of his key players.
Nacho Monreal started ahead of Kieran Gibbs, whilst Jack Wilshere and Mikel Arteta also started from the bench. Nicklas Bendtner also got a rare start - and despite fan condemnation did not disappoint. It took him under two minutes to have an impact, heading in from close range after a perfect cross from another player brought into the team Carl Jenkinson.
The next goal came after a beautiful disguised pass from Aaron Ramsey found Mesut Ozil in the area - who dutifully tucked the ball away for 2-0.
On the subject of Bendtner, who has admitted he wanted to and still wants to leave Arsenal in January, Wenger had this to say after the game:
“We know that when he has the mind of the game, he has the qualities. I believe tonight he had a good game. At the moment we are not as far as that [his future]. He has the stature, he has good technical quality, he has quite good pace. Look, we had him as a boy of 15 or 16 and I made him sign a long contract twice so that means I always believed in his qualities.”
Arsenal are said to be back at the front of the queue for Paraguayan sensation Antonio Sanabria.
The Barcelona starlet has been linked with the likes of Roma recently - however reports in Italy now suggest Arsenal are once again favourites to snap him up for a fee in the region of £2.5 million.
The Polish press are indicating an interest in Arsenal’s second choice keeper Lukasz Fabianski from German outfit Schalke 04.
The 28-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and seems to have little chance of overtaking Wojciech Szczesny in the pecking order.
Schalke’s goalkeepers have not been in great form this season and they have also been linked with Kasper Schmeichel and incredibly Iker Casillas.
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