Arsenal transfer news: Gunners leading race for Premier League right-back

Arsenal have jumped to the front of the queue for highly-rated Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

The 21-year-old has caught his eye at right-back for the Eagles, with Everton and Manchester City showing an interest in the Londoner.

Wan-Bissaka is valued at £40million but the Gunners are reportedly undeterred by the massive price tag and are leading the race for his signature, according to The Sun.

German giants Bayern Munich have also been keeping a close eye on his progress, but Wan-Bissaka could be keen to stay in the capital if he leaves Selhurst Park.

The Palace academy graduate has been a regular this season, appearing 28 times.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka has caught the eye

Holding in line for new deal

Arsenal are set to offer Rob Holding a new deal despite his long-term injury.

The 23-year-old central defender is not expected to return until September after sustaining cruciate knee ligament damage in December.

However, he was in excellent form in the period leading up to his last game for the Gunners and had established a good partnership with Sokratis Papastathopolous.

Boss Unai Emery wants to reward him for his progress and the new terms will reflect his standing in the first team.

Emery wants to build on Saints win

Unai Emery urged his Arsenal team to build on their return to the Premier League’s top four ahead of a week that could define their season.

Arsenal’s 2-0 victory at home to Southampton coupled with Manchester United dropping points in their 0-0 draw with Liverpool has put them back on course to qualify for the Champions League.

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Emery said: “We cannot control the results of Manchester United, Chelsea or Tottenham . Only when we play them. That is the only moment we can decide their results.

“Most important is to go game by game. Same; three points versus Tottenham but it’s one game when we can control their results and ours. Our first thought is to win on Wednesday. Be organised.

“We have a lot of matches and it’s important to have big performances like (this).”

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