The first part of Arsenal’s transition into the Mikel Arteta era has certainly been a bumpy ride but the Gunners will be hoping to build some momentum after their winter break.
With a more favourable run of fixtures on the horizon, it’s a good opportunity for Arsenal to find their rhythm as they seek to claw their way back into the Champions League.
The pressure is not subsiding though, with the Gunners facing a testing fixture schedule that includes the return of the Europa League next week, where Arsenal tackle Olympiacos.
Transfer rumours will never subside though and plenty continue to float around for Arsenal, so we have gathered some of the latest snippets below.
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Corentin Tolisso linked
Arsenal are in the frame to secure the services of World Cup winner Corentin Tolisso from Bayern Munich as the German champions contemplate cashing in, Bild via The Sun reports.
Tolisso moved to Bavaria from Lyon in 2017 and was initially a key-part of the side but has since seen his opportunities decrease this season, making just 10 appearances.
The Bundesliga champions are reportedly targeting Bayer Leverkusen ace Kai Havertz in the summer transfer window, which would push Tolisson further down the pecking order.
However, Arsenal are not the only side interested in his services as Manchester United, Juventus, Napoli and Atletico Madrid are also in the hunt.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan wants exit
Henrikh Mkhitaryan is desperate to leave Arsenal in the summer transfer window but faces being priced out of a move to Roma, The Sun reports.
The former Manchester United man was shipped out on loan to join the Serie A side during the summer and does not look to have a future at the Emirates Stadium.
However, Arsenal have placed a £20m asking price upon the services of the Armenia international and that price is said to be more than Roma are prepared to pay.
That means Mkhitaryan is sure to return to North London this summer and Arsenal will have to find another suitor for his services or lower their asking price.
Arsenal benefit from Ozil exit
Mesut Ozil continues to be linked with an exit from Arsenal heading into the summer transfer window and stats identified by The Daily Mail suggest the Gunners would be better off without him.
Last term saw Arsenal win nine of their 14 games without the German as opposed to the 12 from 24 with him in the side, while this season Arsenal have won just two of the 15 games he has appeared in.
Arsenal have secured just a point on average per game and a win percentage of just 13.30 per cent with Ozil this term, winning 40 per cent of their 10 games without him.
Ozil will have 12 months remaining on his contract at the end of the season but remains on huge wages in North London, which makes finding a suitor difficult.