Arsenal are still waiting for their first victory under Mikel Arteta, with the Spaniard starting his reign with a draw against Bournemouth and defeat to Chelsea.
Improvements have been shown in those matches but the fact that Arsenal sit in the bottom half of the table over New Year shows the significant amount of work that is required at the Emirates Stadium.
Arteta is just over 24 hours away from his first transfer window as a manager, with Arsenal expected to bolster their ranks in the mid-season window by securing new recruits – and there could also be outgoing deals.
As such, there is plenty of speculation mounting and we have gathered some of the latest transfer rumours below.
Aubameyang wants to leave
In news that will be a massive blow to Mikel Arteta and Arsenal, journalist Ian McGarry has stated that the representatives of the forward have made it clear that he wants to leave in the New Year.
There is reportedly definite interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona, while Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud would be ‘open’ to rejoining Arsenal.
The Frenchman’s future at Stamford Bridge looks bleak, with Frank Lampard preferring Tammy Abraham as his lone striker.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring against Norwich
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Aubameyang’s future is a major concern to Arsenal as he has just 18 months remaining on his current deal, raising fears he could run down his contract like Alexis Sanchez has done previously.
Arteta calls Adrien Rabiot
Mikel Arteta has personally called Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot to outline the vision of his ‘project’ in North London, according to FootMercato , as he aims to persuade the France international to move to the Emirates Stadium.
Rabiot only joined Maurizio Sarri’s side in the summer on a free transfer, following the expiration of his deal with Paris Saint-Germain, but has struggled to nail down a regular starting berth in Turin.
As such, his future is shrouded in speculation – although Juventus do not want to lose the player and are instead said to be willing to offload former Liverpool man Emre Can.
Adrien Rabiot during Juventus’ match against Bologna
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Arsenal were among the clubs previously touted with Rabiot’s services when it became clear he would leave PSG and there is certainly room for him at the club, especially with Granit Xhaka pushing for an exit.
Atletico join Mertens chase
Atletico Madrid have joined Arsenal in the hunt for Napoli forward Dries Mertens, who is available for just £8.5m in January, according to reports cited by the Daily Mail.
The Belgian international sees his contract in Naples expire at the end of the season and the Serie A side are prepared to accept a departure in the New Year in order to recoup a fee for his services.
However, the fight for the signature of the 32-year-old is fierce as Everton, Inter…