Arsenal news and transfers LIVE: Arteta Covid blow, £45m target identified, major Coutinho boost

Arsenal’s proposed game against Wolves yesterday didn’t go ahead after a number of Bruno Lage’s squad tested positive for Covid-19.

The Gunners’ last game was a 5-0 win against Norwich City on Boxing Day in what was a thoroughly convincing Premier League performance.

Two goals from Bukayo Saka, as well as finishes from Kieran Tierney, Alexandre Lacazette and Emile Smith Rowe gave the north Londoners a much-needed victory at Carrow Road.

Away from the pitch,Mikel Arteta’s side continue to be linked with a move for several top-quality players across Europe, with the likes of Youssef En-Nesyri and Phillipe Coutinho mooted as possible targets.

So, with all this being said, scroll down for the very latest Arsenal-related player news and transfer rumours ahead of the impending January transfer window.

Aubameyang backed to return

Granit Xhaka has backed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to respond at Arsenal.

Granit Xhaka has backed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to bounce back at Arsenal after losing the captaincy in early December.

The Swiss international was stripped of the title himself in October 2019 after he was unable to control his emotions during a home draw with Crystal Palace.

A section of fans cheered when he was substituted in the 61st minute and he was then booed as he walked from the field. Xhaka reacted by appearing to swear to the supporters, taking his shirt off and marching straight down the tunnel.

Aubameyang exit?

Newcastle are one of four sides interested in signing Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to the Daily Star, via the Shields Gazette.

Aubameyang has failed to be named in Mikel Arteta’s matchday squad in each of their last four Premier League outings after being relieved of his captaincy.

Vlahovic blow

Transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio has told Wett Freunde that Dusan Vlahovic is not interested in a move to Arsenal.

It depends on which project, how much money he is being given.

Arsenal, for example, his agents do not want to speak to them. They think Arsenal is not enough for him and his career.