Wednesday’s biggest Arsenal news and transfer rumour roundup.
Turkish giants Besiktas are reportedly attempting to sign Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina during the January transfer window, according to Fanatik.
The Colombian international has been injured recently, but his form has come under criticism and has since fallen well behind Petr Cech in the pecking order at The Emirates.
Besiktas were reportedly keen on the stopper over the summer, but having allowed Wojciech Szczesny to join Roma on loan, manager Arsene Wenger decided to keep him at the club.
Gunners defender Mathieu Debuchy has once again made noises about leaving the club in the new year in order to keep a foothold on his places in the France squad at Euro 2016, according to The Guardian.
The Frenchman has been reduced to just two appearances in the Premier League so far this term thanks to the form of Spanish youngster Hector Bellerin, and he has since reaffirmed his desire to meet with Arsene Wenger for talks over what his future will hold.
“We talked about my situation in pre-season, I haven’t talked to him recently, but we’ll talk before the transfer window,” he said.
“I really need to play. Didier Deschamps didn’t call me for the last two games, so it’s obvious, I’ve got to play more than I do, that’s why I want to talk to Wenger soon. I do have to accept it anyway, I can’t do otherwise. This situation doesn’t please me, but I have to accept it.
“I need to have several games under my belt to be at the Euros. You can’t be in the French squad if you play a game once a month or less than that. You can’t be fit, and can’t be mentally focused. And if I have to leave permanently or on loan to play, I will.”
Arsenal officials have reportedly flown out to Brazil to meet with Palmeiras over talks for teenage sensation Gabriel Jesus, according to the Calciomercato24.
The 18-year-old has enjoyed a barnstorming breakthrough season this term, making 17 appearances and scoring five goals, and has since caught the attention of a number of European sides.
The report claims that The Gunners are already talking with the player’s agent, with all parties confident of being able to strike a deal.
Full-back Hector Bellerin says he is close to returning to his best form ahead of Wednesday night’s crucial meeting with Olympiakos in the Champions League, the Daily Express reports.
The 20-year-old had been laid low with a groin injury last month, but has since made four appearances on his return to the first team.
And he believes he will be back on form for the meeting with the Greek giants at 7:45.
“After the injury it’s important to get a good run of games and get the rhythm back again,” Bellerin said on his rehabilitation.
“It’s important to get the three points as well because that helps you a lot. You need to go step by step to get the rhythm that you had before.
The Spaniard added: “I know there’s more to come and now we are just focused on the game on Wednesday because it’s a really important one for us.”
Mesut Ozil isn’t affected by criticism because the opinion of Arsene Wenger is the only one that matters to him, the Arsenal playmaker has revealed to the Daily Mirror.
The Germany midfielder proclaims to have been in the form of his life this season, having netted four times and provided 12 assists for his teammates.
“I’ve been playing for a long time, I’ve been in the game for a long time,” he said. “Ever since I was young, when I played well I was praised and if I didn’t I was criticised, but the main thing is what the manager thinks about me.
“Football is a day-to-day business. You can play really well in one game, and then not as well in the next. You just deal with it yourself.
“I don’t look at what the media says because I’m playing really well at the moment. Everything is working really well. It’s not important what others think.”