We take a look at Wednesday’s biggest transfer stories involving Arsenal.
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Gunners eye new forward
Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger says that he may now enter the January transfer market following the ankle injury picked up by front man Olivier Giroud in Sunday’s crucial 1-0 win at Newcastle United in the Premier League, according to reports in the Metro.
The France international is the north London club’s one and only out-and-out centre forward, although the Gunners can still call upon both Lukas Podolski and Nicklas Bendtner though to cover for the absent France international.
However, Wenger says he will only splash the cash on a new striker if the right player becomes available at the right price this month.
Sagna now set to stay in the capital, claims Wenger
The Premier League leaders are close to agreeing a new deal with experienced right-back Bacary Sagna, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.
The France international’s current contract with the north Londoners is due to run out on June 30 2014, with Sagna believed to already have a number of lucrative offers on the table from clubs in Turkey, the Middle East and France.
However, contrary to recent speculation, Sagna is not now expected to depart the Emirates on a free transfer at the end of the season after all, but will instead soon agree a contract extension with the club he has been with since 2007.
Arsenal consider Balo swoop
Arsenal may make a shock move for controversial and mercurial AC Milan front man Mario Balotelli in the winter transfer window as the club’s injury crisis up front worsens, says the Metro.
The Gunners are currently badly short of numbers in attack following the recent injury sustained by France international Olivier Giroud in their 1-0 win over Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Sunday.
And as a result, manager Arsene Wenger is pondering a swoop for the Italy international this month.
Wenger monitoring Spanish starlet
The top-flight leaders are still determined to persuade La Liga giants Real Madrid to allow their young front man Alvaro Morata to move to the Emirates on a six-month loan deal in the January transfer window, reports the Independent.
The Spain Under-21 international has found himself largely surplus to requirements with los Blancos so far in this campaign and it is for that reason that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is believed to still remain confident of being able to lure the forward to the capital this month.
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