Arsenal latest: Defender tipped to move before Russian deadline; Szczesny ready for challenge

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With the Russian transfer window remaining open for another 21 days, the Daily Mail is reporting that Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen could be on his way to Zenit St Petersburg.

The report claims that despite being an almost certain pick for Belgium’s World Cup squad next summer, the 28-year-old has simply not played enough matches this season and could be heading to Russia before 25 February.

Once a few more transfer windows slam shut, then the gossip and speculation can truly be over for another few months.

In other news, Gunners ‘keeper Wojciech Szczesny is excited about a run of games that would leave many clubs worried.

Arsenal face Liverpool twice this month, along with Manchester United and Bayern Munich, but in quotes published by Sky Sports, the Polish stopper said, “I love it. I think every player looks forward to big games against big opponents and world-class players so it’s very exciting.”

Szczesny is enjoying an excellent season, and that will have to continue if Arsenal want to look back fondly on February.

Not that Tottenham midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson believes the Gunners will ultimately win the title.

Reported in the Evening Standard, the Spurs man tipped Manchester City to edge this year’s title race, although he did acknowledge that both Arsenal and Chelsea had “fantastic squads and fantastic teams”.

But not fantastic enough to claim the trophy, apparently.

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