A round up of key news and transfer stories about Arsenal from the past 24 hours.
Positive reports today have suggested that central defender Laurent Koscielny could be available for the Boxing Day match against West Ham United. The Frenchman was forced off during the 6-3 defeat at Manchester City with a bad cut across his knee.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has fired up the war of words ahead of the side’s clash against Arsenal this weekend. The Portuguese coach claims Arsenal have an advantage as the Gunners get to rest while Chelsea face a trip to Sunderland in the League Cup.
“I can guess that they are having a couple of days off. I can guess they are going to prepare for the game calmly, tactically they be very well prepared,” he told reporters.
Meanwhile, Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has given his reaction to the Champions League draw by suggesting that Arsenal are the strongest side that his team could have drawn.
“The draw it was the most difficult team we could achieve - They are a very, very good team and I am happy for that. To play the best teams is fascinating and we know we will have to play good. Other opponents you can play at not a high level,” said the Spaniard.
Those comments have been echoed by Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm who agrees it was the hardest draw his side could have got.
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has spoken of the fight and determination in the great ‘Invincible’ side. Henry suggests that despite any achievement, it’s all about setting the next goal and working towards the next target.
“We were like 'we're champions man, come on!'. It's like a boxer, a boxer doesn't go in the ring just to have fun. You go out there to kill and that was our mentality,” he told the Arsenal website.
Arsenal have received a further injury boost in the form of winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The midfielder has been out of action since the first game of the season with a knee injury but teammate Emmanuel Frimpong posted a video on Instagram of the winger dancing in the gym as he works his way back.
In transfer news, the Gunners remain firmly linked with £15 million rated Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia. The defender has also attracted interest from some of Arsenal’s main Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester United ahead of the winter transfer window.
Another player the Gunners remain firmly linked with ahead of January is Olympiakos striker Konstantinos Mitroglou. Arsenal’s main competition for the Greek forward is likely to be Liverpool, also linked with the player for a significant period of time.
One player Arsenal have been linked with who they won’t be signing is Dundee United teenager Ryan Gauld. The 18-year-old has signed an extension to his current contract which will keep him at the club until the summer of 2017.
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