Transfer latest & Arsenal news conference (2023)

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  1. Bye for now

    That's it for now then. We'll be back later with live text commentary as Liverpool aim to restore their 13-point lead at the top of the Premier League as they host Sheffield United (20:00 GMT).

    Until then, here are some of today's top stories:

  2. Arteta targets cup success

    Arsenal v Leeds (Mon, 19:56 GMT)

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    Finally from Mikel Arteta, asked if Arsenal will be taking the FA Cup seriously this season, he said: "Absolutely. I would like to have more fit players so I can rotate more, but we will see what we have after tomorrow (Friday).

    “But obviously it is a competition that is very attached to this football club in recent years and we have to take it very seriously and we have to try to go to the next round.”

  3. Zlatan's warm welcome in Milan

    We're about to wrap things up for today but before I leave you, here's some footage on the incredible welcome Zlatan Ibrahimovic received as he arrived in Italy for his medical with AC Milan.

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  4. Arteta on Nketiah's recall from Leeds

    Arsenal v Leeds (Mon, 19:56 GMT)

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    Eddie Nketiah has returned to Arsenal from his loan at Leeds before the two sides meet in the FA Cup on Monday and Mikel Arteta spoke about what's next for the young striker.

    "We have to sit down with the loan department and we’ll do that this afternoon, to discuss the best possible way for him to keep developing," he said. "I think the environment that he’s been living in has improved him as a player, 100%.

    “He played some minutes, not as much as we wanted, but he’s a kid with incredible potential and we have to make a decision for the club, not for the next four months but for his career.

    “What’s the best thing to do? We have to sit down with him, hear from him - that’s very important because we need to know what he needs as well - and make the right decision for the next five months.

    "I think the first idea was that he was going to be on loan for the rest of the season. We have to assess the situation again now. I will have some answers very soon.”

  5. Arteta tells Xhaka he is ready to support him

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    Hertha Berlin are said to have agreed a deal with Granit Xhaka to join the German side, initially on loan.

    Mikel Arteta said: "I had a conversation with him and I wanted to understand his feelings first, the reason why he was thinking here probably wasn’t the right place to continue his career. I gave him my opinion, my perspective, and I told him that I was ready to support him from the club perspective.

    “I wanted his team-mates to get his back and help him to change his mind because we need him. I believe that if we were able to do that the fans would respond in a positive way.

    “I’ve seen him act every day, how he trains, how he lives his profession and the quality of the player. He could be a really important player for the club.”

  6. Arteta wants Xhaka and Aubameyang to stay

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    On potential outgoings for the Gunners, Mikel Arteta said he expects Granit Xhaka to stay and has told the club he wants to keep hold of the Swiss midfielder.

    The Arsenal boss added that he doesn’t want to consider Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leaving after it was reported the Gunners' top scorer wants to leave in the summer.

    “I wanthim here,” Arteta said.

  7. We went through it and suffered together - Arteta

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    Calum Chambers' injury isn't the only fitness issue Arsenal have been dealing with over the festive period.

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    Mikel Arteta added: "At the moment we’re managing a lot of injuries, we haven’t been able to rotate the team a lot. We survived. Yesterday I was a little bit scared we could expose a few players and get some injuries.

    “We went through the game and we suffered but I think all the teams in the Premier League at the moment are in the same position. We went through it, we suffered together and now we have a few days to recover.”

  8. Arsenal target centre-back after Chambers blow

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    Mikel Arteta added that Calum Chambers is undergoing surgery in London today after suffering an ACL injury during Sunday's 2-1 defeat by Chelsea and that the 24-year-old's setback will change Arsenal’s transfer plans, with a centre-back now high on Arteta's wish-list.

    “It will be a significant injury," said Arteta. "It’s not looking good.”

  9. I'm relieved to get the first win - Arteta

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    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has now spoken to the media, beginning with his thoughts on Wednesday's win over Manchester United:

    "It was a positive one, I'm very relieved to get the first win," he said. "We wanted to start the year in a different mood. I was very pleased with the win and the performance."

  10. Everton's last derby winners

    Liverpool v Everton (Sun, 16:01 GMT)

    Liverpool's Merseyside derby with Everton will also be shown live on BBC One on Sunday (16:01 GMT).

    The Blues last beat the Reds in October 2010, with David Moyes' side beating Roy Hodgson's men 2-0 at Goodison Park - but how many players do you remember from that day? Click here to find out

  11. FA Cup quiz

    We're still waiting to hear from Mikel Arteta before Arsenal's FA Cup tie with Leeds, which will be shown live on BBC One on Monday (19:56 GMT).

    It's the third round this weekend, with clubs up and down the country still dreaming of cup glory.

    Some 23 clubs have won the competition twice or here to see how many you can name. Btw, Arsenal might be one of them.

  12. Latics loan Burnley youngster

    Elsewhere in the Football League, League Two side Oldham have loaned midfielder Christian N'Guessan from Burnley for the remainder of the season.

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  13. Lampard plays down Zaha link

    Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has played down suggestions of a January move for Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha.

    Meanwhile, Burnley, West Brom and Swansea are all hoping to sign Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher after the 19-year-old impressed on loan at Charlton in the first half of the season.

    Both those stories are in today's gossip column.

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  15. Rooney set for Rams debut

    Derby County v Barnsley (19:45 GMT)

    Wayne Rooney is a former Everton team-mate of Li Tie's and the ex-England captain is set to make his debut for Derby County later as the Rams host Championship strugglers Barnsley.

    The 34-year-old, England's all-time record goalscorer, signed an 18-month player-coach deal with Derby in August, but has been ineligible to play until January.

  16. China appoint ex-Everton midfielder as coach

    Former Everton midfielder Li Tie has been appointed as China head coach.

    The 42-year-old succeeds Italian Marcello Lippi, who quit the job for a second time in November after a 2-1 defeat by Syria in a 2022 World Cup qualifier.

    Li made 92 appearances for China and played at the 2002 World Cup.

    He initially joined Everton on loan in 2002 and featured in 40 matches under then manager David Moyes, before a move to Sheffield United in 2006.

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  18. Milan fans welcome Zlatan

    The AC Milan fans are going wild for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Going off these pictures, you'd think the US president had just landed in Milan...

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