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Wenger wants two additions this month
Arsene Wenger wants to sign two players in January to bolster Arsenal”s push for a Champions League place.
Wenger has told scouts and staff that he believes the defence and midfield need strengthening and is hopeful of a couple of additions.
Manager Wenger has been anxious to play down publicly the need for January business but privately he has acknowledged that the Gunners need to buy.
Wenger is desperate to sign a defender with Mathieu Debuchy facing a lengthy lay-off because of a dislocated shoulder and Laurent Koscielny playing on through a chronic Achilles problem.
With Jack Wilshere still two weeks away from returning to training after ankle surgery and Mikel Arteta also not expected back this month, the north Londoners also want another midfielder.
They have been alerted by Ilkay Gundogan”s contract situation at Borussia Dortmund, with the German midfielder only having 18 months left. Gundogan, 24, may be available for around £16million.
Read more on Arsenal”s transfer targets here.
Giroud: Shevchenko was my idol
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud says he attempted to emulate Andriy Shevhenko when he was growing up.
The Gunners hitman idolised the ex-AC Milan striker and even modelled his running style on him.
Shevchenko scored prolifically during his seven-year spell with the Rossoneri before moving to Chelsea for £30.8m in 2006.
The striker struggled at Stamford Bridge, scoring just nine league goals in two seasons with the Blues, but that didn”t put Giroud off.
He told Arsenal.com: “When I was young I tried to run like Shevchenko because he was a fantastic player and really elegant as well.
"Sometimes at training I used to start running like him. He runs in a special way and he was really powerful – short but strong. I tried to imitate his shots as well."
Arsenal can still win title, insists Ozil
Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil still thinks the Gunners have what it takes to launch a title challenge.
Arsene Wenger”s side currently sit 13 points behind leaders Chelsea, but appeared to hit some form during Sunday”s 3-0 victory over Stoke.
Ozil made his return from injury from the bench in the clash against the Potters, and is backing Arsenal to get back among the title chasers.
"We have a really strong team. People could see that once again against Stoke," Ozil told German publication Sport1.
"So I don”t see why we shouldn”t finish right at the very top of the table. When you play football you should always have belief in yourself."
Read more from Ozil here.
Henry: Sanchez is Arsenal”s best signing in six years
Thierry Henry has hailed Alexis Sanchez as Arsenal”s best signing in the last six years.
The Chilean has hit the ground running since his summer switch from Barcelona, striking his 16th and 17th goals of the season already in Sunday”s 3-0 victory over Stoke.
Sanchez has notched 12 of those strikes in the Premier League, almost single-handedly maintaining the Gunners” Champions League chase.
Henry has been equally impressed with the former Barca man”s work off the ball as he has with his finishing.
The Frenchman said: “He’s the best signing in the last six years. Arsenal were looking for a player that can deliver on a daily basis — and they have found one.
“He is brilliant, so is his work-rate. He can see the game incredibly as you saw with his part in the Koscielny goal against Stoke on Sunday.
“He scores and doesn’t need a lot of opportunities to put the ball in back of the net."
Read more from club legend Henry here.
Spurs join Winston Reid race
Tottenham have made a stunning offer to beat bitter rivals Arsenal to Winston Reid.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is hopeful of tying up a summer deal for West Ham defender Reid when he becomes a free agent.
Reid, 26, wants £60,000-a-week and a £1million signing-on fee and it is understood the White Hart Lane club are ready to pay that to get their man.
West Ham believe Reid has already secretly agreed a deal with a club to move in the summer, when the New Zealand centre-half knows he can get a more lucrative contract as a free transfer.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is keen on signing Reid this month to try to solve his defensive injury problems – but now could miss out.
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Arsenal confident of Bielik arrival
Arsene Wenger is confident Krystian Bielik will join the Gunners – despite Hamburg emerging as frontrunners in the race for his signature, reports London”s Evening Standard.
Arsenal negotiator Dick Law is currently in Warsaw to try and thrash out a deal for Legia”s 17-year-old midfield starlet.
Earlier this week Hamburg coach Josef Zinnbauer said: "Of course Arsenal are also interested but I don’t think he is bluffing [about being interested in joining Hamburg], otherwise he didn’t need to come to Hamburg.
"He is a really good boy who has very good build-up play. He would fit in perfectly with our philosophy.”
Despite the confidence of Zinnbauer, Bielik is understood to have his heart set on a move to the Emirates.
Gunners to bid for “next Gigi Buffon”
Arsenal are readying a bid for Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perin, reports The Express.
The Azzurri stopper has been dubbed the "new Gigi Buffon" and is expected to be Italy”s No1 when Juventus legend Buffon retires from international football.
Arsene Wenger is understood to be unhappy with current first-choice keeper Wojciech Szczesny”s recent performances.
The Pole was at fault for both goals in Arsenal”s recent 2-0 defeat at Southampton and was fined £20,000 by Wenger after being caught smoking in the showers after the game.
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