Here are your Arsenal morning headlines for Thursday, March 26.
Chris Smalling emerges as an Arsenal transfer target again
Manchester United defender Chris Smalling is once again linked with a move to north London.
The 30-year-old was rumoured to be on the club’s radar during the final years of the Arsene Wenger era and after proving himself in Italy on-loan at Roma he could finally make his way to the Emirates Stadium this summer in a £25million move, according to Corriere dello Sport, as reported by the Mirror.
However, the Gunners are set to face competition from Everton, Leicester City and none other than Tottenham Hotspur for the London-born former Premier League winner, with Roma also said to be keen on retaining his services.
Despite his promising spell in Serie A this season, the news that Arsenal could be in for Smalling has not gone down well with some sections of the club’s fanbase.
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Dayot Upamecano makes transfer decision over RB Leipzig future
Another defender who has been singled out for a future with the Gunners is RB Leipzig stopper Dayot Upamecano, with the Bundesliga-based youngster eyed by some supporters as the ideal partner for William Saliba, especially after his star role in knocking Spurs out of the Champions League this season.
Sport BILD, as reported by Get French Football News, claim that the 21-year-old is ready to leave his current club to take the step up to find a new challenge elsewhere in Europe with Barcelona and Bayern Munich set to compete for his signature.
What’s more, he could be available for less than his £72million release clause with the German outlet claiming that £50.4 million could be enough RB Leipzig to sell a player who no longer wants to play for them beyond the current season.
It will be on Arsenal to find the cash to make sure they are at the negotiation table to try and sign Upamecano – and finishing the season to secure Champions League football could be a crucial component in any agreement to beat his other suitors to signing one of the most highly-rated players in Europe at present.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan could return to Arsenal after Mikel Arteta’s takeover
Chris Smalling may not be the only current member of the Roma squad to have played for Manchester United with a chance at a future with Arsenal.
Former Borussia Dortmund playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan has spoken out about his time with the Gunners to open the door for a potential U-turn over leaving the club.
“When I was at Arsenal, I had different things asked from me by the coach, people were expecting different things from here,” he told the Times.
“The philosophy of Emery was different from [Roma head coach] Fonseca, but here I’m feeling much better because we’re playing better football and I think it matched me.
“I prefer Fonseca’s football because we’re playing very offensively, we’re trying to…