Arsenal delighted after defender agrees deal, Gunners ‘convinced’ possible £54m signing will solve issues, Arteta told £50m will get Buendia signed, Midfielder opens door to five-year deal,

Kirk agrees deal Buendia will cost £50 million, Ceballos drops hint and Arsenal convinced Aouar is the answer in Arsenal roundup…

Arsenal remain ‘convinced’ that Houssem Aouar is the answer to their creativity issues in midfield.

The Gunners have been linked with a bid for the Frenchman as manager Mikel Arteta is looking to strengthen his midfield and add a bit more creativity and quality to his midfield over the transfer window.

They did want to sign Aouar in the summer, but opted to make the move for Thomas Partey in the summer window, with many believing that the club would try and get a deal done in this transfer window.

But Due to the players £45million price tag, he is unlikely to move in the January transfer window, and reports have claimed that Arsenal have made the decision not to make a move to try and sign the midfielder this transfer window.

And according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, the Gunners firmly believe that he is the man to come in and solve the club creative issues: “They are still looking for this kind of player, they were also trying for [Dominik] Szoboszlai who then joined Leipzig, but they were trying really for Dominik Szoboszlai,” Romano said on the Feather on Football podcast.

“And also Aouar has always been the first target for Arsenal. They love him and they are convinced he would be perfect in their midfield.

“The problem is that Lyon are asking for €60million (£53.3m) they are having an amazing season, they want to be back in the Champions League, so at the moment with the president of Lyon it’s really hard to negotiate in January for this kind of player.”

Arsenal have announced that defender Alex Kirk has signed his first big contract at the Emirates

It is no secret that Arsenal have one of the very best academies in the game and are constantly bringing through some of the most exciting talents at the club, as proven by the latest to emerge, Bukayo Saka and Emile Rowe-Smith.

But they are always looking to the next generation and have earmarked Kirk as a player that could have the ability to break through to the first team in the next couple of seasons, especially after he just signed his first big contract at the Emirates

The 18-year-old centre back has progressed through the academy age groups and is a regular for the U-18s side, and the Gunners have posted on their website: “Alex is known for his calm composure on the ball.

“He has featured regularly at the back for our under-18s this season and made his debut for our under-23s in October. Alex has also trained with our first team several times.

“We congratulate Alex on his first professional contract and look forward to supporting him with his continued development.”

Arsenal will have to fork out up to £50million to sign Norwich star Emiliano Buendia this month.

It is no secret that Mikel Arteta is a man that knows he needs to add to his midfield in the next couple of windows as he is lacking creativity and goals, and there has been some rumours that he may try and get a deal done for Buendia this season.

Buendia was heavily tipped to leave Norwich in the summer window as his performances in the Premier League led to alot of speculation, but he decided to stay and has begun the season in fine form, with his performances again attracting Arsenal.

But Speaking on Sky Sports News’ The Transfer Show, reporter Kaveh Solhekol said that it will cost Arsenal £50 million to get a deal done, and right now, Buendia’s only current focus is ensuring the Canaries bounce back from relegation at the first attempt.

He said: “Arsenal may look at signing an attacking midfielder this month now that Mesut Ozil has gone.

“One player they’ve been watching very closely is Emi Buendia at Norwich City.

“I’ve been in touch with some people close to the player today, and they’re telling me that the situation is that the player himself is totally focussed on his job at Norwich.

“Norwich are doing very well in the Championship – they’re top of the table and can see the Premier League on the horizon.

“The problem Arsenal would have in trying to sign him this month is how much he would cost because Norwich are a very well-run club.

“They’ve got a sustainable business model and I’ve been told it would take a crazy business offer for them to be tempted to sell him this month.

“We’re looking at somewhere between £40m and £50m. I don’t think Arsenal are spending that this month.”

Dani Ceballos has dropped a massive hint that he is looking to stay at Arsenal beyond the season after he told Real Madrid that he wanted to go back to the club at the beginning of the season

The Spanish ace starred in the Gunners’ FA Cup triumph last season which earned him a second loan move back to the Emirates, as Mikel Arteta was eager to keep hold of the deep-lying midfielder.

And There has been talk that the Gunners may try and get a third loan deal at the end of the season wrapped up for Ceballos, if they cannot agree a fee with Madrid, and there was a feeling that he would be open to that idea.

Now, the midfielder has hinted that he may be open to making a permanent move to the Emirates at the end of the season, after revealing that this current squad can ‘achieve great things if we stick together, while also suggesting that he has Mikel Arteta to thank for his impressive displays

He told the club website: “There’s nothing more important than a coach having faith in you and asking you to come back,” “That’s why I made the decision to come back to this club. The pressure he put on the club to bring me back here was key.

“The main reason I decided to come back was because I had real faith in the project led by Mikel. We did quite well at the end of last season, and I think the confidence that the coach and my team-mates showed in me was what made me come back to this great club.

“I told Madrid that I wanted to come back to Arsenal because during the first year I’d learned a lot about a new league. I’d improved a lot both physically and tactically, and after Mikel came in, the standard of my football improved. I think the best decision for me this year was to remain in the Premier League with Arsenal and keep working with a coach like Mikel Arteta.

“Since joining Arsenal I’ve become a much more mature player and I make better decisions. People knew my attacking game but nobody knew that winning duels and winning the ball back could be part of my game too. I think I’ve improved that side of my game a lot – the same goes for my positioning on the pitch.

“I think the FA Cup win was really important in terms of giving us confidence going into this season. I think we need to build on that this season.

“I think this team has lots of good players and a lot of room for improvement, and I’m absolutely convinced that we’ll achieve big things. If we all pull in the same direction and if we all stick together, it will be a lot easier. I’m sure that this team has everything it needs to be successful.”

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