Arsenal transfer round-up as Mikel Arteta scouts Alexandre Lacazette replacement

With Alexandre Lacazette’s contract running out and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future in doubt, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta may decide to sign a new striker in January

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Arsenal strengthened their Champions League hopes on Boxing Day with a commanding 5-0 win against Norwich at Carrow Road.

Mikel Arteta’s side are currently fourth in the Premier League, six points clear of bitter rivals Tottenham in fifth.

But, as Spurs and seventh-place Manchester United have three games in hand, the Gunners may decide to add some reinforcements in January.

Arteta is also set to lose four players to the Africa Cup of Nations next month, leaving them short at a vital time.

The Gunners have key Premier League games against Manchester City and Tottenham coming up, as well as an EFL Cup semi-final against Liverpool and an FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest.

But who could Arsenal sign? Here’s Mirror Football’s round-up of the latest transfer rumours from the Emirates.

Who should Arsenal sign in January? Let us know in the comments below!

Arteta’s next striker?

Arsenal are reportedly keeping tabs on Youssef En-Nesyri


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Arsenal have been scouting Sevilla forward Youssef En-Nesyri, according to ESPN.

The Moroccan, 24, is believed to be a cheaper option than fellow targets Fiorentina’s Dusan Vlahovic and Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

En-Nesyri has made just eight La Liga appearances for Sevilla this term due to a muscle injury but is fit again and does have a decent record in Spain.

The 40-cap international has scored 43 goals in 151 league games for Malaga, Leganes and his current club.

He found of the back of the net 18 times in La Liga last season to help Sevilla finish fourth and qualify for the Champions League.

En-Nesyri was part of the Sevilla team that won the Europa League in August 2020.

Lacazette still says no

Alexandre Lacazette is Arsenal’s current captain… but is out contract in the summer



Alexandre Lacazette has rejected Arsenal’s latest contract offer, according to French outlet L’Equipe.

The 30-year-old’s existing deal runs out at the end of the season but Arteta reportedly wants him to stay, as as he’s currently wearing the captain’s armband.

If Lacazette was to sign a new deal, he could become the club’s permanent skipper after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was stripped of the honour. “He’s the next in line,” Arteta told reporters.

Aubameyang’s Arsenal future now looks uncertain – with Juventus and Barcelona reportedly interested – another reason for the club to keep Lacazette.

Gunners urged to sign DCL

Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been linked with Arsenal in recent weeks


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Speaking of strikers, Liverpool legend John Barnes has urged Arsenal to sign Everton ace Calvert-Lewin.

The Gunners have been linked with the England international for several weeks, despite his long-term thigh injury.

“Arsenal have been linked with Dominic Calvert-Lewin which would be a good signing for them,” said Barnes.

“He’s young, English, shows good commitment and effort, but he is currently an Everton player and right now, he won’t want to leave there.

“The Everton fans love him, he’s doing well there, and he needs to show that level of consistency for club and country before he can think about moving to one of the bigger clubs.

“Realistically, he hasn’t done a lot for Everton to even talk about him warranting a move. However, if he was to go to Arsenal, it would be a brilliant signing for both parties, especially Arsenal.”

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