Arsenal morning news: Fight to keep £42.4m star; Oxlade-Chamberlain on Spurs clash

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

All the latest news and gossip from Arsenal this morning.

Arsenal may face a fight to keep hold of their club record signing Mesut Ozil this January. the playmaker is reportedly a target for German powerhouse Bayern Munich - according to numerous reports emerging last night.

Arsenal signed Ozil from Real Madrid last summer. The £42.4 million deadline day swoop saw them smash their club record transfer fee and send a buzz throughout the squad.

But recently Ozil has failed to show his best form for the club as Arsene Wenger struggles to fit him in successfully to his first-team squad.

Bayern Munich are believed to be keen on bringing him back to Germany, where he is a hero after a good performance in the World Cup last summer. Head coach Pep Guardiola is also a fan of the player, attempting to sign him when Barcelona coach back in 2010 - Ozil ultimately deciding to join rivals Real Madrid instead.

While Arsenal would be resistant to a sale, every player has their price, so expect to see this rumour rumble on all the way into winter.

Arsenal take on Tottenham in the North London Derby this evening, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says the squad, especially the new players, are raring to get their first taste of the biggest game of the year for The Gunners.

In an interview with Arsenal's website he stated:

"Alexis and Jack played 90 minutes the other day and they're usually on second-day recovery. But today Alexis really wanted to train and people had to tell him to take it easy.

“That just sums up how much everyone wants to be around the squad and training and I think he knew we had a massive game coming up this weekend and, as a new boy, it’s good that he does know that.

“Obviously everyone else that’s been here and been involved in a north London derby knows how big it is, so that just proves the intensity goes up in training and everyone just wants to be around and pushing for a start.

“When I was injured and watching it, it was nerve-wracking, but when you’re in the heat and on the pitch you don’t really have a chance to think about it. But then, come the final whistle, the three points does taste that little bit sweeter when it’s winning against Spurs.”

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