Arsenal morning news: Khedira NOT main January target, £37m man is; Team news for Hull

Sami Khedira

News from The Emirates regarding William Carvalho, Sami Khedira and team news ahead of the game with Hull City.

Yesterday saw Arsenal's AGM for 2015 take place and comments on Wenger about wanting to add another player in January soon courted much speculation.

According to Portuguese reports his statement is a another hint that Arsenal will attempt to sign William Carvalho fro Sporting Lisbon in January.

Arsenal have recently begun to be linked with the long-term Manchester United target. As he can play at both holding midfield and central defence he is the perfect option for Arsenal considering their current situation.

Record report that his versatility, age and better injury record make him a far more likely option for Arsenal - rather than the long-linked Real Madrid star Sami Khedira - who they could still sign for free in the summer.

Carvalho, who is also wanted by Juventus, AC Milan and of course Manchester United, is believed to have a minimum fee release clause in his Sporting contract set at £37 million.

However Sporting are no fools, and are willing to cash in for a much smaller profit - especially with the players form being questioned by some sections of the Portuguese media and the player himself admitting he will soon be leaving the club, despite not pursuing a move in the summer.

With all that in mind it seems Carvalho might very well be Arsenal's number one target for January.

Team news now for the Arsenal game with Hull City this weekend. The defence is a real worry for Arsene Wenger with the likes of Mathieu Debuchy (ankle), Laurent Koscielny (achilles), and Calum Chambers (suspended) all missing.

The game comes to soon for Theo Walcott and Serge Gnabry, who got back into training this week after long term injuries. Meanwhile Mikel Arteta is expected to feature.

Aaron Ramsey, Olivier Giroud and Yaya Sanogo are all out injured - while doubts have been raised over Tomas Rosicky - who returned from international duty with a niggle.

Hector Bellerin is expected to start the game, with Nacho Monreal potentially coming in to central defence. Mathieu Flamini may also fill in the role.

Here is their provisional squad:

Szczesny, Gibbs, Mertesacker, Monreal, Bellerin, Arteta, Wilshere, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sanchez, Welbeck, Ospina, Flamini, Rosicky, Podolski, Coquelin, Diaby, Campbell.

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