The January transfer window is now just six weeks away.
Arsenal stars Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Thomas Partey and Nicolas Pepe will all be at the African Cup of Nations in the New Year, meaning head coach Mikel Arteta could be in the market for some fresh faces to add to his squad.
A number of the Gunners’ fringe players have also been linked with exits from the Emirates Stadium, especially strikers Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah, who both are into the final year of their contracts at the club.
With that all in mind, let’s take a look at some of the latest rumours surrounding the north London club.
French outlet Jeunesfooteux have claimed that Newcastle, Everton and Crystal Palace are all interested in signing Arsenal’s club-record signing Nicolas Pepe, with the three clubs reportedly favouring a loan with an option to buy deal.
Pepe joined the Gunners from Lille for £72million in the summer of 2019 but has struggled for consistency at the Emirates Stadium.
Now, the Ivorian international has found himself low down the pecking order, with the likes of Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka starting ahead of him in the last three Premier League games – all of which have been victories for Mikel Arteta’s side.
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Former Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has claimed that Aaron Ramsey is keen on a return to the Emirates Stadium.
“Do you know what, it would be lovely, it would be fantastic if he came back to the Premier League,” Walcott said.
“I feel like he would want to. Some part of me in my head thinks that he would love to come back to Arsenal. It does. Something about that would sort of tick a box.
“It’s one of those things, he’s at Juventus and he played very well for Wales last night and it’s good to see. A lot of people have been on his back in Italy, which I haven’t seen a lot or enough of it to comment on that.
“But he’s a leader. He’s a workhorse. Still playing for his country and has all these caps.”
The Spanish outlet have claimed that reported Arsenal target Raheem Sterling would like to return to former club Liverpool and work under Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.
The 26-year-old admitted his love for the Merseyside-based club last year, saying: “Would I ever go back to Liverpool? To be honest with you I love Liverpool.
“Don’t get it twisted, they are always in my heart. It’s a team that has done a lot for me growing up so…”
However, his current team, Manchester City, are said to be ‘unwilling’ to negotiate with a direct rival and will only entertain offers from abroad, with Barcelona also linked to the England international.