Arsenal’s focus has shifted towards Monday’s FA Cup fourth-round clash against Bournemouth, where Mikel Arteta is aiming to steer his side into the next round of the competition.
While the second half comeback against Chelsea in the Premier League in midweek was positive, the Spaniard has still only won twice since taking charge – and both of those victories were at the Emirates Stadium.
A trip to Bournemouth will be a stern test for Arsenal, particularly as the Cherries will have had their confidence increased by securing a vital three points against Brighton on Tuesday.
On top of this, the transfer window remains open and plenty of rumours continue to float around North London – so we have gathered some of the latest rumours below.
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Aubameyang agrees Barcelona move
Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has informed Barcelona he would like to seal a transfer to Catalonia if they can match his ambition, according to Mundo Deportivo.
The Gabon international has entered the final 18 months of his contract at the Emirates Stadium, leading to suggestions the North London side will be prepared to listen to offers in the summer so that they can earn a fee for his services.
Arsenal want to tie the 30-year-old down to fresh terms but their hand will be forced if he refuses to put pen to paper, which Barcelona are looking to take advantage of.
The La Liga champions have expressed their interest in securing an agreement in January, eyeing an ambitious loan move, but Arsenal will be unlikely to accept such an approach.
Ceballos decision made
Arsenal have decided not to allow Dani Ceballos to return to parent club Real Madrid prematurely and will keep his services on loan until the summer, AS reports.
The Spain international has recently returned from injury but has yet to feature since Mikel Arteta took charge, leading the midfielder to be concerned as he wants regular playing time ahead of the European Championships in the summer.
As such, Ceballos has reportedly requested to return to the Spanish capital this month, with another loan then likely to occur with Valencia among the clubs eyeing his services.
However, Arsenal are not prepared to sanction such a departure and intend to keep Ceballos at the Emirates Stadium until the end of their agreement with Los Blancos.
West Ham target Fraser
West Ham are eyeing a late swoop for Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser before the closure of the transfer window, according to reports from The Mirror.
The 25-year-old Scotland international is out of contract at the end of the season, where he will be available on a free transfer, and his services have previously been linked with Arsenal and Liverpool.
Fraser caught the eye with eight goals and 15 assists last season but has struggled to replicate that form this term, with Bournemouth…