Arsenal morning news: Deadline Day target offered new deal; SAS prevention plan

All the news and gossip from The Emirates this morning.

A couple of players Arsenal targeted in January now seem to have fallen off the radar as potential buys.

First up is Alexandre Pato. The Brazilian one-time wonderkid has been an unpopular figure at Corinthians in his homeland - and was reportedly the subject of an £8 million Gunners enquiry at the start of December.

However, he has now been traded to Sao Paulo in exchange for Jadson - making any potential future deal unlikely.

Meanwhile a player they tried to sign on loan on deadline day could be set to commit his future to his current club. Arsenal moved for Miroslav Klose at the last minute - in an attempt to shore up their attacking options.

The German international would have joined Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker at the club - however his current team Lazio vetoed the deal.

He is out of contract at the end of the season - and Lazio want him to stay for another two years.

He has however been heavily linked with a move to the MLS - so this situation is likely to drag on until the summer.

Yesterday saw Arsene Wenger talking about how to defeat Liverpool in their weekend fixture. The early afternoon kick off at Anfield sees Arsenal try and stop Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge from scoring. So far Arsenal are the only team to have done so in the Premier League this season when SAS have started - and Wenger has a gameplan:

"For us to dominate the game and leave them as few balls as possible," he said. "That will be one of our targets of course but at Liverpool the task might be a bit more difficult but the philosophy on our side has to be the same. To master the ball and to have the ball and to dominate the game."


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