Arsenal gossip: Striker set for early Gunners return but Wenger defends lack of transfer activity

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Saturday’s biggest Arsenal news and transfer rumour gossip.

Arsene Wenger has branded Gary Neville’s comments about Arsenal’s lack of preparation for big matches as ‘ridiculous’, the Metro reports.

The Sky pundit tore into the Gunners’ for what he perceived as a lack of tactical preparation last month.

Former Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby, 29, has suffered a setback in his attempts to return to competitive football for Marseille, the Daily Express reports.

His career was massively disrupted by several injuries during his time at Arsenal.

Manchester United are facing competition from Arsenal to sign Hakan Calhanoglu this winter, according to the Daily Mirror.

Barcelona and AC Milan are also thought to be interested in the Bayer Leverkusen free-kick king, who has been hailed as a ‘new Mesut Ozil’.

Arsene Wenger reckons Theo Walcott’s performances have justified his decision not to sign a striker in the summer, the Daily Star reports.

Wenger came under fire again at Arsenal’s annual general meeting for failing to make a mega money move for the likes of Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema.

Ajax are considering buying a new striker as Arsenal loanee Yaya Sanogo is failing to make the grade at the club, according to the Metro.

The Dutch club had reportedly sized up a bid for Danish forward Pione Sisto over the summer, but went for Sanogo instead after being priced out of a move.

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