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Arsenal are open to signing a new centre-forward to ensure their title bid doesn’t fall flat after Gabriel Jesus’ knee injury.
Manager Mikel Arteta said: “It’s a huge blow for us, obviously. He’s such an important player: he’s brought something very different to the team and it’s impossible to replace him.
“But we have other players, other alternatives and we’ll try to get that sorted. The transfer window is another option.
“I think [Jesus] is a unique player but Eddie [Nketiah] has incredible qualities as well for the way we want to play.
“We have other alternatives in that we can play [like Gabriel] Martinelli up front as well.
“We are currently a little bit short in terms of upfront positions but getting Emile [Smith Rowe] back is going to be a big one.”
Meanwhile, Arsenal are “now in talks” with both Shakhtar Donetsk and Mykhaylo Mudryk’s representatives.
That is according to CBS journalist Ben Jacobs, who reports talks with Mudryk’s representatives are “easy” but negotiations with Shakhtar are “a whole lot harder”.
Jacobs said: “Arsenal have made the move on Mudryk in the sense that they are now in talks with both Shakhtar and Mudryk’s representatives.
“The talks with Mudryk’s representatives are easy because Mudryk wants Arsenal; the negotiations with Shakhtar are a whole lot harder.”
And Arsenal are hoping to sign Juventus star Adrien Rabiot in January instead of the summer.
Rabiot stood out during the 2022 World Cup as he helped France reach the final where they lost a dramatic penalty shootout to Argentina.
The Gunners have shown interest in the midfielder amid uncertainty surrounding his contract as he will be available for a free transfer come June.
According to La Repubblica, the North Londoners are “willing” to take the 27-year-old off the Bianconeri’s hands next month.
Finally, Arsenal ace Cedric Soares’ wages could scupper a loan move to Fulham next month, writes SunSport’s Jack Rosser.
The Cottagers have held talks with Cedric’s representatives over a switch to West London next month with manager Marco Silva keen.
But the right-back’s weekly salary of around £75,000 is proving a stumbling block.
No official approach has been made to the Gunners so far, with Arteta also yet to decide whether he would sanction the Portugal international’s departure.