Arsenal transfer round-up: Lacazette eyes switch and Kroenke in budget hint

The future over Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette has taken another twist just hours after director Josh Kroenke dropped a big hint over the club’s New Year transfer plans

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Mikel Arteta reviews Watford victory

There’s no stopping Arsenal right now.

Sunday’s slender 1-0 win over Watford may not have made headlines, but it’s a result which, coupled with Liverpool’s 3-2 defeat at West Ham, means the Gunners currently boast the longest unbeaten run in the league following eight games without defeat.

Mikel Arteta should be commended for sticking to his principles and rejuvenating an Arsenal side that looked hopeless after the first few games of the Premier League season.

But there is still work to be done before the Gunners can muscle their way back amongst the English games elite – which is where they aspire to be.

That means further investment is likely to be required in January, even after spending more than any other Premier League side in the summer. Mirror Football takes a look at the latest transfer news from north London.

Lacazette eyes Spanish switch

Alexandre Lacazette’s future remains unclear with Atletico Madrid the latest club to express an interest in the French striker


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Alexandre Lacazette has muscled his way back into Arteta’s plans in recent weeks, but there are still doubts over his long-term future.

The Frenchman is in the final few months of his current agreement at the Emirates Stadium.

And despite topping Arsenal’s scoring charts last term, there has so far been little to suggest his four-and-a-half-year stay in London will be extended.

According to a new report from La Razon, the ongoing limbo surrounding Lacazette’s future has Atletico Madrid on red alert.

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The La Liga champions are in the market for a striker and have most recently been credited with an interest in RB Salzburg’s striking prodigy, Karim Adeyemi.

However, Atletico are believed to be more interested in a deal for Lacazette, who would cost nothing in the summer, over stumping up a substantial fee for Adeyemi.

Kroenke drops January hint

Josh Kroenke dropped a big hint over Arsenal’s New Year transfer plans


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In an extensive interview with Sky Sports, Gunners director Josh Kroenke delved into a range of topics on Sunday.

But one of the most intriguing aspects of his interview was Kroenke’s comments on the work in the transfer window, and that there was still work to be done despite making “a lot of progress”.

Kroenke said: “We had a clear idea of what we needed to do with the squad and there were a lot of areas that needed to be addressed”.

“Were we able to address them all in one window? I don’t think we did or were able to do, but we made a lot of progress in certain areas.”

Kroenke’s message is the clearest hint yet that Arsenal recognise there is still work to be done despite their enormous summer spend.

No side in the Premier League came close to matching Arsenal’s £150million spend on six new signings. But it likes likely further reinforcements will arrive in January to bolster the club’s push for a top-four finish.

And given how impressive Arteta’s new recruits have looked so far this season, Gunners fans should be excited at the prospect of seeing similar business being done in January.

Shock Bale swoop?

Arsenal have been linked with an unlikely swoop for Real Madrid ace Gareth Bale


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Although Kroenke’s comments opened the door for deals to be done in the New Year, it’s unlikely anyone would have had Gareth Bale‘s name in mind.

According to TransferMarketWeb, Arsenal are preparing a cut-price £2.4m bid for Bale in the New Year.

Making a move for Bale would represent a pretty wild change of approach from Arteta – which would be unusual considering how his current transfer strategy is paying dividends for the Gunners right now.

But strangers things have happened in football, and there was talk in Spain last month that a deal had been mooted between Arsenal and Real Madrid to swap Bale for Lacazette.

Although it would appear unlikely for Bale, with his links at Tottenham, to land at the Emirates, it isn’t inconceivable that he does jet off somewhere in January given he’ll have just a handful of months remaining on his Real deal.

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