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Arsenal transfer news as Foxes to hijack defender bid amid Arteta’s Willock plan

Mikel Arteta is set for a busy transfer window as he looks to reshape his Arsenal squad into one that can compete with the Premier League’s big guns.

The Gunners go into their final game of the season at home to Brighton knowing they can finish no higher than seventh after what has been a largely disappointing season.

So improvements are a must this summer – although Arteta has one player in his squad who could be like a new signing this summer.

The Arsenal boss was asked about Joe Willock’s recent impressive form on loan at Newcastle – while former target Wilfried Zaha has hinted he could be available in the summer transfer window.

Here, Mirror Sport looks at the latest transfer news and gossip swirling around the Emirates.

Arsenal look set to face competition for Ryan Bertrand

Foxes hijack Arsenal defender swoop

Leicester City are reportedly set to hijack any Arsenal attempt to sign former Chelsea defender Ryan Bertrand.

Bertrand has confirmed he will leave Southampton this summer, and the Gunners have been linked with the 31-year-old as Arteta needs left-back cover for Kieran Tierney.

But Leicester are ready to get in the way of Arteta’s plans by offering the 31-year-old a 12-month contract, according to talkSPORT .

And Arsenal could also face competition from AC Milan as well as the FA Cup winners.

Zaha could revive Arsenal dream

Wilfried Zaha has doubled down on his desire to join a 'top club'
Wilfried Zaha has doubled down on his desire to join a ‘top club’

Wilfried Zaha still has ambitions of playing at the highest level after the winger was close to joining Arsenal two years ago.

The Gunners were believed to be close to landing Zaha from Crystal Palace in 2019, only to opt for Nicolas Pepe instead.

And the 28-year-old winger has admitted he could be looking for a new challenge this summer – which could open the door to an Emirates switch.

“I feel like I can have another shot at the top teams, because my dream is to win things, Zaha told The Face. “I’m good enough to go out there and compete with the best.

“If the opportunity came, I wouldn’t turn it down, because I feel like I deserve it. It’s so I can show my kids: ‘This is what daddy won’.”

Arteta’s plan for Willock

Joe Willock has scored six goals in his last six games
Joe Willock has scored six goals in his last six games

Arteta has opened up on his plans for Joe Willock as the midfielder’s impressive spell at Newcastle comes to an end.

Willock has fired seven Premier League goals since joining Steve Bruce’s side on loan in January – including one in each of his last six games.

Asked whether the 21-year-old features in his thinking for next season and beyond, Arteta replied: “Yes, and I’m really happy that things have gone so well for him because of the potential that Joe has.

“I think it was great for him to go away and have a different experience. He has grabbed that opportunity in a really remarkable and positive way. He will be back with us, we will have those conversations with him and plan the next years for him.”




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