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ARSENAL remain in talks with Shakhtar Donetsk over transfer target Mykhailo Mudryk.

The Gunners opening £55m bid was rejected, but the Gunners are still confident of bringing the Ukraine sensation to the Emirates.

Elsewhere, Arsenal have been dealt a transfer blow as Brighton star Alexis Mac Allister prefers a move to Juventus, reports suggest.

Mac Allister has attracted a lot of interest after a stunning World Cup campaign as he starred alongside Lionel Messi and helped Argentina win their first world title in 36 years.

Elsewhere, Mikel Arteta's side are keen to bring Joao Felix to the club and are looking at a loan move for the Portugal star, it has been reported.

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  • Emillia Hawkins

    Stuck in the Mud

    Arsenal want Shakhtar Donetsk to set a more realistic asking price for transfer target Mykhailo Mudryk.

    And they are pointing to Cody Gakpo’s move to Liverpool — for £37million rising to £45m — as a guideline.

    Shakhtar have already rejected the Gunners’ offer of £35m, plus a further £17.5m in easily achievable add-ons.

    The Ukrainian club have shown little sign of budging from their hefty £85m valuation of Mudryk.

    But Arsenal believe that is an unreasonable price for a 21-year-old winger with little more than 18 months of Ukrainian league football under his belt.

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  • Matt Penn

    Good Morning Gunners fans

    Talks over Mykhaylo Mudryk are ongoing – but Arsenal chiefs are growing frustrated at Shakhtar Donetsk's high asking price.

    The Gunners continue to pursue the young Ukrainian star after their initial offer was knocked back.

    Shakhtar chiefs have confirmed that talks are ongoing but Arsenal are urging negotiators to look closer to Cody Gakpo's Liverpool deal as a guideline for what they are willing to pay.

    And there is further frustration for the Premier League leaders in the transfer window over Alexis Mac Allister.

    Both Arsenal and their rivals Tottenham are believed to be interested in the Argentina and Brighton star who wowed at the World Cup.

    But reports suggest he fancies a move to Juventus instead of North London.

    In better news for Arsenal, Takehiro Tomiyasu was back in training ahead of Arsenal's New Years Eve clash with Brighton.

    The Japan star was devastated after his country's World Cup exit but will be available for the trip to the Amex.

    And Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus was among those paying tribute to Pele.

    The football legend passed away at the age of 82 and Jesus declared that his "legacy was eternal".

  • Kiro Evans

    'Eternal Legacy'

    Arsenal and Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus has hailed "king" Pele after his death tonight.

    The forward posted this earlier on Twitter.

    Jesus paid tribute to Pele on Twitter earlier
  • Kiro Evans

    Bright Horizons?

    Arsenal round off 2022 with a trip to Brighton – but there are easier places to bid for a New Years Eve win.

    The Gunners have only won on one of their five Premier League trips to the Amex.

    And it hasn't proved an easy hunting ground this calendar year for the Prem's biggest clubs – just ask Chelsea and then ask Manchester United.

    It will prove a big test for Mikel Arteta's Gunners who are looking to end a promising second half of the year on a high.

  • Kiro Evans

    Mac Track

    Arsenal and Tottenham have been dealt a transfer blow as Brighton star Alexis Mac Allister prefers a move to Juventus, reports suggest.

    Mac Allister has attracted a lot of interest after a stunning World Cup campaign as he starred alongside Lionel Messi and helped Argentina win their first world title in 36 years.

    The Gunners and Spurs have been among the suitors keeping tabs on the midfielder along with Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid and of course Juve.

    According to Gazzetta dello Sport, however, the Bianconeri are in pole position with the the 24-year-old fascinated by the prospect of moving to Turin and a deal may be imminent.

  • Kiro Evans

    Art of War

    Arsenal are top of the table and on top of the world after their comeback win against West Ham.

    And things are getting even better for Mikel Arteta after welcoming Takehiro Tomiyasu back to training ahead of Saturday’s trip to Brighton.

    The Gunners boss was all smiles as he took an intense training session at London Colney on Thursday morning.

    But all eyes were on versatile defender Tomiyasu, who returned to the pitch after Japan’s thrilling World Cup campaign.

  • Kiro Evans

    Ready to go 

    Mikel Arteta looks like a man enjoying himself as he prepares his team for Saturday's trip to Brighton. 

    The Arsenal boss had a big smile on his face as he trained his table-topping squad.

    Mikel Arteta is enjoying a season with Arsenal beyond his wildest dreams
  • Kiro Evans

    ‘Heaven FC’

    Mesut Özil has shared a touching tribute to Pele after the Brazilian’s death at the age of 82. 

    The midfielder made reference to Diego Maradona, another legend of football, who passed away in 2020 aged 60. 

    The former Arsenal star tweeted: “Rest in peace to one of the greatest legends of the game. Your legacy will live forever. 

    “I’m sure ‘Heaven FC’ with Maradona and Pele together will be invincible forever.”

  • Kiro Evans

    Arsenal reflect on Pele

    Arsenal have reflected on hosting Pele in 1981 as they paid tribute to the footballing legend.

    Pele has died at the age of 82 and tributes are pouring in from across football.

    Arsenal tweeted: "We are truly saddened to hear the news of Pele’s passing. As a club, we had the privilege of hosting Pele in 1981, at Highbury.

    "A memory we will always cherish. Our thoughts, along with entire football community are with Pele's loved ones today."

  • Kiro Evans

    Pele dies at 82

    Pele, the greatest footballer of all time, has died at the age of 82.

    The world of football is in mourning after it was announced the Brazilian icon has passed away in his homeland.

    Pele had been receiving treatment for a tumour in his colon but stopped responding care.

    It has now been confirmed that he has passed away. Nicknamed The King, Pele won three World Cups with Brazil between 1958 and 1970, the only player in football history to achieve the feat.

    His amazing haul of 1,279 goals in 1,363 games, which included friendlies, is recognised as a Guinness World Record.

  • Kiro Evans

    Myk Check

    Shakhtar Donetsk revealed talks are still ongoing with Arsenal over a deal for Mykhaylo Mudryk.

    The Ukrainian club have already rejected the Gunners’ opening offer of £35million, plus a further £17.5m in easily achievable add-ons.

    But transfer expert Fabrizio Romano reports negotiations are still in full gear between the Ukrainian giants and the North Londoners who continue to talk on the phone.

  • Kiro Evans

    Ol For That

    Arsenal star Oleksandr Zinchenko revealed his footballing idol… and it's not Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Instead, Zinchenko, who joined the Gunners last summer from Manchester City, insists the "greatest player ever" is none other than Ronaldinho.

    Zinchenko told Arsenal.com: "Everyone had their idols, and mine was Ronaldinho. For me I’d say he’s the greatest player ever.

    "When he was at Barcelona. He was just unbelievable.

    "There is no doubt how good Lionel Messi is, and everyone has their own tastes and their favourites, but for me the best was Ronaldinho."

  • Kiro Evans

    Top of the World

    It seems like there's no better place to be in the world at the moment than at Arsenal.

    New training pics ahead of their New Year's Eve clash at Brighton show a fired-up Bukayo Saka chasing a ball while manager Mikel Arteta challenges Gabriel.

    Mikel Arteta attempts to win the ball off Gabriel in an intense training session
    Bukayo Saka has been among Arsenal's best performers this season
  • Kiro Evans

    The Man for the Gunners?

    Arsenal have reportedly leapfrogged Man United in the race for their long-running target Sergej Malinkovic-Savic.

    SunSport has had a look at how the 27-year-old is performing this season.

    Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has long proven to be one of the most important elements of Lazio's team
  • Kiro Evans

    Power Serg

    Arsenal are reportedly “leading the race for long-term Manchester United transfer target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic” with Lazio allegedly set to “finally sell” their star.

    The 39-capped Serbian international has been linked with a move to the Premier League for years.

    And Corriere dello Sport are claiming that Lazio do not want to risk losing Milinkovic-Savic for nothing, which could lead to them cashing in come January.

  • Kiro Evans

    Top Benz

    Arsenal are in the hunt for Karim Benzema alongside Manchester United, according to shock new reports.

    The Real Madrid legend is out of contract at the end of the season and speculation is mounting he could move elsewhere.

    Benzema would be free to talk to foreign clubs from January 1 and Spanish publication Nacional report both the Gunners and United want him.

    The 35-year-old scored a whopping 44 goals in 46 goals in all competitions last season as he led Madrid to an extraordinary Champions League triumph.

  • Henry Tomlinson

    Arsenal must keep the right attitude

    Gunners star Oleksandr Zinchenko has insisted that the team can't get tired during the hectic festive period.

    The North London side are a serious contender for the Premier League title, and the Ukrainian knows what it takes.

    He told the club media: “What I’ve seen in the past, if you have the right attitude and the right behaviour on and off the pitch, you can’t be tired physically.

    “You can be only tired in the head – everything is coming from your head.

    “If you do all the things right in your routine – your sleep, your food, look after yourself well -and you do everything to prepare your body fresh. If you do everything right, you can’t be tired physically.”

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  • Henry Tomlinson

    Fulham 'insterested' in Gunners defender

    Cedric Soares is reportedly attracting interest from Fulham.

    The Cottagers' manager Marco Silva has been a long-term admirer of the full-back having worked with him during their time at Sporting.

    Fulham are considering making an offer for Cedric and are considering all options in order to bring him in, according to the Evening Standard.

    The report also suggested that the Premier League side will have to beat competition from both Atletico Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen in order to sign him.

  • Henry Tomlinson

    World Cup stars missing for Brighton

    Arsenal's next opponents could be without two of their World Cup stars for the match on Saturday.

    Brighton will still be without Argentina international Alexis Mac Allister, who is expected back at the club in the new year.

    While Moises Caicedo will miss the game at the Amex Stadium after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season in the game against Southampton.

    This will be a boost for the Gunners, who will be hoping to maintain their lead at the top of the Premier League table.

  • Henry Tomlinson

    Arsenal interested in 'many names'

    Mikel Arteta's side are reportedly interested in a few players, according to transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano.

    The Italian also revealed that the Gunners are looking at Palmeiras star Danilo, but a move is not close.

    Romano told GiveMeSport: “There are many names on the list, including Danilo of Palmeiras, a player they have followed for a long time.

    "But at the moment, there is still nothing advanced.”

  • Henry Tomlinson

    Negotiations continue for Mudryk

    Shakhtar Donetsk's chief executive Sergei Palkin has confirmed that Arsenal remain in negotiations for Mykhailo Mudryk.

    The promising attacker has been linked with a move to the Gunners, but Palkin has insisted they are yet to receive an offer the club would "like to see".

    Speaking to Shakhtar's official website, Palkin said of Arsenal's pursuit of Mudryk: "Negotiations are continuing. We receive offers, but they are not the ones we would like to see on our table. 

    "Now, literally in five minutes, I will have a phone conversation with Arsenal. We are open to negotiations, ready to exchange ideas and figures. 

    "If we will agree, then let it be so. If we will not, then let it be another time."

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  • Henry Tomlinson

    Lazio 'ready to sell' Arsenal target

    Serie A side Lazio are reportedly ready to cash-in on Arsenal transfer target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

    The Serbian midfielder has been linked with a move to the Premier League for a few seasons, and it seems like he might finally be granted his move.

    Corriere dello Sport are claiming that Lazio do not want to risk losing Milinkovic-Savic for nothing, which could lead to a January sale.

    The Gunners tried to sign him in the summer, but their lack of Champions League football scuppered the move.

    But with the club likely to qualify for next season's competition their hopes have been boosted.

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  • Henry Tomlinson

    Arsenal locked in transfer battle with United

    The Gunners are reportedly interested in signing Norwegian wondered Sivert Mannsverk from Molde.

    But they will have to fight off competition from the Red Devils, according to Jeunesfooteux.

    The 20-year-old midfielder is believed to be available for £9 million.

    He has already become a regular for Molde, having made 62 appearances for the club.

  • Henry Tomlinson

    Zinchenko favourite players continued

    The defender also revealed that he had his favourite Arsenal players to watch when growing up.

    He added: “People know I was an Arsenal supporter when I was a kid.

    “That was because I loved watching players like Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas and Dennis Bergkamp too.

    “I watched him but mainly I was watching a bit later when Robin van Persie was upfront with Henry. Cesc was there too and it was a fantastic team.”

  • Henry Tomlinson

    Zinchenko picks his favourite ever player

    Arsenal star Oleksandr Zinchecko has named Ronaldinho as his favourite ever player.

    The Ukrainian revealed that the Brazilian is the greatest player of all time in his opinion.

    Speaking to club media, he said: "Everyone had their idols, and mine was Ronaldinho. For me I’d say he’s the greatest player ever.

    "There is no doubt how good Lionel Messi is, and everyone has their own tastes and their favourites, but for me the best was Ronaldinho."

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