Arsenal spent £150million in the summer and already look an improved team for the summer spending spree, but Mikel Arteta appears to want to be just as busy in the January transfer window
Arsenal are beginning to look like a solid unit that will be able to compete for silverware in the coming seasons, but Mikel Arteta still does not appear content with his squad.
Despite spending £150million over the summer, the Gunners are still being linked with some of Europe’s top prospects as they look to break into the top four.
Arteta is set to lose a handful of players at the end of the season due to contract expiry and already appears to be finding their replacements sooner rather than later.
Here, Mirror Football takes a look at the latest gossip from the Emirates.
Renato Sanches confirms interest
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Former wonderkid Renato Sanches has confirmed that he is of interest to Arsenal.
The Portugal international was one of the most exciting talents in world football before he signed for Bayern Munich in 2016, but the move may have come too soon as Sanches failed to live up to his hype in the Bundesliga.
Lille offered the 24-year-old the opportunity to get his career back on track, and he took it with both hands and is now being linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium.
Speaking to L’Equipe, via Get French News Now, Sanches said: “Milan and Arsenal are maybe interested, I spoke with my agent about it but I can’t say any more. I just know I’m ready. If the offer arrives I’ll evaluate it.
“Milan are a great club – historic, classy. I really like them.”
It remains to be seen whether Arteta does push for an offer to be tabled for Sanches and can convince the midfielder to return to the Premier League and right the wrongs of his previous spell in England, having disappointed on loan at Swansea City in 2017.
Balogun will leave in January
Arsenal have finally decided that they will let Folarin Balogun leave the club on loan in January after increasing pressure from the player.
According to The Athletic, despite the club’s striker woes, they are willing to let the 20-year-old go out on a short-term deal to prove he is ready to make the step up into the Premier League.
Balogun has been attracting plenty of interest over the past few months but he made his intentions clear last season by putting pen to paper on a deal that will keep him at the Emirates Stadium until 2025.
Both Alexandre Lacaazette and Eddie Nketiah are out of contract at the end of the season and, as it stands, there has been no indication that either player will remain in north London. Thus, if one or both depart in January, so the Gunners receive a fee for their services, then Arteta could have a change of heart and need Balogun to stay.
Elyounoussi sends Arteta clear message
Gunners target Mohamed Elyounoussi has revealed that he will not be leaving Southampton as he is happy playing his football on the south coast.
According to the Daily Record, Arsenal were monitoring the 27-year-old after returning from his loan spell at Celtic with a new lease of life.
However, the Norwegian has made it clear that he has no intention of leaving St. Mary’s.
In Southampton’s matchday programme for their game against Brighton on Saturday, which finished 1-1, he said: “I don’t know many players that have been sent out on two loan seasons and then come back to make it in the team.
“It shows the belief that the club and the manager have in me to give me a second chance, I’m just glad that I took it.
“It was nice to come back to see the boys again and the people who work around the club, it’s still the game people.
“I remember, even though I didn’t play much, I had a really good time at Southampton, both inside and outside.”
He then added: “My family enjoy it here. We’re settled down now and my daughter has just found a nursery, so we’re back to where we belong.”