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Edu handed major boost over Arsenal transfer mission as Mikel Arteta hints at surprise signing

Here’s all the news from around the Emirates Stadium over the past 24 hours.

Arteta transcript

The Arsenal manager faced the media ahead of the Southampton game and the main talking point from his press conference was about Mesut Ozil’s imminent exit.

“Yeah, but the quarantine situation is making that final step the longest ever. They have a lot of restrictions there are things that have to be done before announcing everything.

“I think everything seems to be going ok, but I cannot say definitely what’s going to happen.

“So as soon as we can don’t worry we will mention it.

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“He’s a great footballer and he’s a really talented footballer. He’s a player that has done a lot for the football club. But at the moment I want to take the team in a different direction.

“If we had more options maybe he was part of some plans. He was part of some plans at the start and he wasn’t anymore at the end.”

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Mikel Arteta has hinted at Arsenal’s next transfer mission with less than two weeks until deadline day.

So far this month, the focus at the Emirates Stadium has been on player departures rather than new arrivals with Matt Macey, Sokratis, Sead Kolasinac, and William Saliba all leaving.

And with Ozil’s move to Fenerbahce expected to be confirmed in the coming days, Arteta has admitted the priority from now until the January transfer window closes will be on potential incomings.

Mikel Arteta is looking to add to his Arsenal squad before the January transfer window closes (Image: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

The Gunners are short of a natural left-back following Kolasinac’s loan move to Schalke, and Arteta has hinted at dipping into the market to provide cover for Kieran Tierney.

“With the departure of Kola we’re a little bit short with a…