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Latest Arsenal transfer rumours: Juventus make Rabiot decision, Mkhitaryan bid rejected

The January transfer window is in full swing and Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will have his eyes cast towards the market as he looks to bolster his squad at the Emirates Stadium.

Arteta’s first three matches have shown reasons to be optimistic, with the highlight being a superb performance against Manchester United last week.

However, there is still work to be done and a significant improvement is needed in the second half of the season if the Gunners are to secure a return to the Champions League.

As a result, plenty of transfer rumours regarding Arsenal are floating around and we have gathered some of the latest snippets below.

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Juventus make Rabiot decision

Arsenal have been handed a potential blow in the January transfer window as Juventus are not willing to allow Adrien Rabiot to leave Turin this month.

The Gunners have been attributed with long-standing interest in the French midfielder, spanning back to his time with Paris Saint-Germain, and Mikel Arteta was reported to have directly contacted the player.

However, according to Goal via the Daily Star, Juventus have made it clear they will not allow Rabiot to leave the club and are pleased with his progress since his move in the summer.

Adrien Rabiot of Juventus looks (Image: Giorgio Perottino – Juventus FC/Juventus FC via Getty Images)

Rabiot has only made 12 appearances for the Serie A champions this season, which was a reason why transfer links were initially sparked, but it seems Arsenal will have to look elsewhere if they want to improve their midfield options.

Arsenal reject Mkhitaryan bid

Arsenal have rejected Roma’s opening offer of €10m to make Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s spell in Rome permanent, according to reports from Italy.

The former Manchester United man is surplus to requirements at the Emirates Stadium and moved to the Serie A side on a season-long loan deal in the summer.

While the Armenia international has struggled to nail down a regular starting spot in Rome, he has done enough to impress and the club are now looking to make his deal a permanent one.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan after his miss
(Image: Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images)

However, Arsenal clearly intend to secure a higher fee for the services of the 30-year-old but a sale would provide a boost to Arteta’s January funds.

Arteta advised against Boateng

Mikel Arteta has been advised not to move for Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng during the transfer window by former Liverpool man Steve Nichol.

The Gunners have reportedly identified the experienced Germany international as a January target to bolster their defensive ranks following Calum Chambers’ season-ending injury.

However, Nichol believes that the former Manchester City man is past his best and isn’t the sort of signing Arsenal should be making this month.

Jerome Boateng in action this season (Image: INA FASSBENDER / AFP)

“Come on, let’s be honest, he’s past it, he’s past his best. When…