7.20pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Boateng free transfer, Mkhitaryan £8.5m bid rejected, Lemar boost, Aarons wanted – The Sun

ARSENAL are hard at work looking for a replacement for long-term absentee Calum Chambers.

Jerome Boateng, Nathan Ake and Dayot Upamecano are just a few of the names who the Gunners are looking into signing at centre-back this January.

And Arsenal are also set to battle Spurs for Norwich left-back Max Aarons.

Follow all the latest gossip and updates from North London below…

  • BOURNEMOUTH boss Eddie Howe refused to even acknowledge rumours that Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing his defender Nathan Ake.

    Ahead of Bournemouth's 4-0 third round FA Cup victory over Luton, Howe was asked whether there was a possibility the central defender could leave the Vitality Stadium in the January window.

    Howe replied:“There is nothing to reply. He is recovering well from his injury, we will see when he is back fit.”

  • MIKEL ARTETA will be given no money to spend in the January transfer window, according to Sky Sports.

    After Unai Emery spent £137million on five players in the summer, The Gunners are not planning on splurging on new players for a second window running.

    When asked about new signings, Arteta recently came out and said:“We need players back from injuries, first of all, to be more solid, more compact.

    “And then we might need to do one or two things if the right players become available, to help us. But at the moment I am more concerned with getting the maximum out of the players available to us.”

    We wait to see whether or not the Spaniard will receive the 'one or two' players he wants to improve the squad, but if reports are to be believed then he may have to deal with what he's got until the summer.

  • ARSENAL legend Nigel Winterburn has said it would be 'crazy' to let Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leave following links to Manchester United and Barcelona.

    While speaking on LoveSport Radio, he said: “If a player wants to leave and run down his contract, there's not really anything you can do.

    “It doesn't matter who you are or who you have at your club – if the player wants to leave, he will leave.

    “Aubameyang will have his own views on what he wants to do. Players hold the key to everything now – you cannot force a player to sign.

    “If the club don't want him to stay that's crazy, but Arteta will try to persuade him with style of play, and who comes in to the club, too.”

  • ARSENAL legend Alan Smith believes The Gunners should keep Eddie Nketiah as a back-up to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and not look to sell the 20-year-old Englishman in January.

    Speaking to the Evening Standard, he said: “Eddie Nketiah has been recalled from their FA Cup third-round-opponents after a tough time at Elland Road.

    “I am sure he learnt a lot under [Marcelo] Bielsa and he deserves a crack back at the Emirates. 

    “When he went to Leeds, I was a little ­disappointed because it looked like he could have been useful in the squad but he has done well off the bench and got himself some goals.

    “He will have come to terms with the ­physical aspect of the division and Arsenal will be getting back a more rounded, better player.

    “It would be a shame to see ­Nketiah sent out on loan again – if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Alexandre Lacazette get injured then you are a little short.”

  • Arsenal are 'unlikely' to do any transfer business in the January window, according to The Daily Express.

    The Gunners have been riddled with injuries so far in the 2019/20 campaign and many fans will not welcome the news that they are not prepared to add to their squad.

    The most recent injury blow for new boss Mikel Arteta was to Calum Chambers during their mid-week win over Manchester United.

    As a result, if the club does not sign anyone it will mean their first choice centre-back pairing will be Sokratis and David Luiz for the rest of the season, one that has proven shaky so far.

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