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ARSENAL have made a fresh bid for Mykhailo Mudryk worth £62million plus add-ons, it's been reported and now Mikel Arteta has seemed to confirm their interest.

Direct talks with Shakhtar Donetsk have continued this week, according to Fabrizio Romano, who says the two sides are closing in on a deal.

Arteta was asked about the deal, and seemed to confirm some interest as he said:

 "We cannot talk about any other players.

"There is some interest in things we’d like to do to improve the team, because we are a bit short in certain areas with the injuries we’ve [picked up].

"We are trying as a club – we are determined to try to improve the team in every window and that’s what we’re trying to do."

Elsewhere, the head coach also provided an update on Gabriel Jesus' injury return and looked to their clash against Spurs this weekend.

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  • Kostas Lianos

    Arteta on Mudryk links

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta remained coy when asked about potentially signing Shakhtar Donetsk star Mykhailo Mudryk this month.

    Arteta said: "We cannot talk about any other players.

    "There is some interest in things we’d like to do to improve the team, because we are a bit short in certain areas with the injuries we’ve [picked up].

    "We are trying as a club – we are determined to try to improve the team in every window and that’s what we’re trying to do"

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Conte speaks on respecting officials

    Tottenham boss Antonio Conte has spoken of his "hate" for teams who try to "intimidate" officials, ahead of Sunday's North London Derby.

    Arsenal have been charged by the FA with failing to control their players in each of their last two games.

    And Conte has said: "I think that also in an important game like this, the respect is always at the top, OK?

    "You have to show respect in every situation and especially also with the referee because I know very well the difficulty to be a referee, to take decisions.

    "I think to intimidate [the referee] or to create a bad atmosphere is not fair.

    "I don't like this. I hate the people that try to do it. Don't forget that we are talking always about a game of football."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    More on Jesus

    Mikel Arteta was also quizzed on when Gabriel Jesus will be back in action.

    But the boss confirmed he will have to be "patient" in easing Jesus back into action.

    He said: "I would like to see him very quickly but I don’t think that’s going to happen.

    "We’re going to have to be patient with that one. With every surgery there are always a lot of things you have to be very cautious with, especially in the first few weeks.

    "He’s going to push everybody there to be on the pitch really [soon], but we have to be cautious as well.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Arteta gives Jesus update

    Mikel Arteta revealed Gabriel Jesus is "progressing really well" in his recovery from a long-term knee injury.

    Jesus, 25, injured his knee in action for Brazil at the World Cup before undergoing surgery.

    And Arteta said: "He’s progressing really well.

    "He’s working really hard.

    "He’s in the right place in his recovery regarding the time that we set for him, but he’s still a bit far [away] to be back."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Saka in line to feature

    Mikel Arteta is hopeful Bukayo Saka will be fit to feature against Tottenham on Sunday.

    The winger came off injured in the FA Cup win over Oxford on Monday.

    But Arteta has handed Gunners fans a boost ahead of the North London Derby.

    When quizzed on Saka's fitness, he responded: "I think he will be OK."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Arteta coy on Mudryk links

    Mikel Arteta remained tight-lipped when asked about potentially signing Mykhailo Mudryk this month.

    The Gunners are believed to have tabled a new offer for the Shakhtar Donetsk ace.

    When asked about Mudryk, Arteta said: "We cannot talk about any other players.

    "There is some interest in things we’d like to do to improve the team, because we are a bit short in certain areas with the injuries we’ve [picked up].

    "We are trying as a club – we are determined to try to improve the team in every window and that’s what we’re trying to do."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    On the box

    Arsenal's FA Cup fourth round clash with Manchester City has been picked for live TV coverage.

    The game will take place on Friday, January 28th.

    Kick off is scheduled for 8pm.

    UK viewers will be able to watch the match on ITV.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Arteta all smiles

    Here's the boss with his Premier League Manager of the Month trophy.

    Skipper Martin Odegaard also scooped Player of the Month.

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    ST ALBANS, ENGLAND – JANUARY 13: Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta with the Premier League Manager Of The Month Award and Martin Odegaard with the Premier League Player Of The Month Award at London Colney on January 13, 2023 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)Credit: Getty
  • Giacomo Pisa

    Mudryk latest bid

    The latest news on Mykhailo Mudryk is that Arsenal have reportedly tabled a new, official bid for the winger.

    That's according to Fabrizio Romano, who claims the offer is worth a guaranteed £64million.

    There is then thought to be another £18m-22m in bonuses on the table for the Shakhtar Donetsk ace.

    The 22-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to Arsenal, while also attracting interest from Chelsea.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Sutton makes NLD prediction

    Chris Sutton reckons Arsenal are going to "wipe the floor" with Tottenham this weekend.

    The table-topping Gunners travel to rivals Spurs on Sunday 11 points ahead of them in the Premier League table.

    Mikel Arteta's side are unbeaten in their last 11 Prem games.

    Writing for BBC Sport, Sutton said: "I know Harry Kane loves playing against Arsenal.

    "I also know he can break Greaves’ record this weekend, but he won’t.

    "He won’t score, and Tottenham won’t score – Arsenal are going to wipe the floor with them."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Arsenal's next five

    How many points are you expecting from this run, Arsenal fans?

    The trip to Manchester City is in the FA Cup, but before that there are tricky meetings with Tottenham and Manchester United.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Arteta named Manager of Month

    Following Martin Odegaard's Player of the Month award, Mikel Arteta has been named Premier League Manager of the Month.

    The Spaniard guided the Gunners to wins over Chelsea, Wolves, West Ham United and Brighton in November and December, either side of the World Cup break.

    It's the second time Arteta has scooped the prize this season.

    He was previously named Manger of the Month for August.

    Arteta landed the award ahead of Jurgen Klopp, Eddie Howe and Thomas Frank.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Odegaard scoops Player of the Month

    Martin Odegaard has been crowned Premier League Player of the Month for November/December.

    The Arsenal skipper beat Erling Haaland, Marcus Rashford, Casemiro, Ben Mee, Kieran Trippier and Joao Palhinha to the gong.

    He scored two goals and provided four assists in the four-game period from the start of November until the end of December, which included the World Cup break in the middle.

    Upon winning the award, Odegaard said: "It feels great.

    "I've said a lot of times this team has a lot of young, hungry players and we play so well with each other, so it's just a pleasure to be here and to be part of what we're doing now.

    "It's a pleasure to play with them and show my qualities so I'm very happy to get this award."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Silva coy on Cedric interest

    Fulham boss Marco Silva has not ruled out a move for Arsenal ace Cedric Soares.

    When denying reports Fulham wanted Roma right-back Rick Karsdorp and Rennes defender Hamari Traore, Silva did not reveal the club's stance on Cedric.

    The 31-year-old has been linked with a move away from the Emirates this month.

    Silva said: "We are trying some right backs.

    "About the Roma player (Karsdorp) it’s not true. About the Rennes player (Hamari Traore) it’s not true. Now everybody is throwing names and names on the table. These two for sure are not true.

    "I’m not saying that Cedric is true or not. We are looking for that position. I will not hide to you."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Son ready for Arsenal challenge

    Son Heung-min has revealed Tottenham have been doing their "homework" ahead of Sunday's crunch North London Derby.

    The Gunners beat Spurs 3-1 in the reverse fixture, and Son is hoping to avoid a repeat result this time around.

    He said: "We lost against them in the away game, so we have a lot of homework [this week] to make it good again.

    "I think the fans were really disappointed when we lost at the Emirates, so I think we have a massive task at home.

    "Everybody must be ready to throw their bodies in and we're good to go."

  • Giacomo Pisa


    Here's how Arsenal star Bukayo Saka compares to Tottenham rival Son Heung-min in the Premier League this season.

    Saka has scored more goals and provided more assists than last season's joint Golden Boot winner.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Mudryk stat attack

    With Arsenal seemingly closing in on the signing of Mykhailo Mudryk, here's a look at his stats.

    The 22-year-old has played 18 times in all competitions this season for Shakhtar Donetsk.

    In that time he has scored 10 goals and provided eight assists.

    Three of those goals, and two of the assists, came in the Champions League.

    Shakhtar did not progress to the knockout stages, but finished third ahead of Celtic to see them drop into the Europa League.

    Mudryk netted in both group stages clashed against Celtic, and he also scored against RB Leipzig.

    Credit: Getty
  • Giacomo Pisa

    Walcott aims dig at Spurs

    Theo Walcott has claimed he is "very confident" ahead of this weekend's North London derby, despite the game being at Tottenham.

    Mikel Arteta's league leaders travel to bitter rivals Spurs on Sunday.

    But Walcott is confident ahead of the match because of Tottenham's "negative style" of play.

    He told talkSPORT: "It’s at Tottenham isn’t it?

    "I’m very confident to be honest, I feel like Tottenham play quite a negative style.

    "But to some extent Arsenal will have a lot of the ball which could play a bit into Tottenham’s hands, they tend to like that.

    "But it’s the derby, this is one of the games where anyone can win this, they really can."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Walcott tips Gunners for glory

    Arsenal legend Theo Walcott reckons the Gunners can go all the way and win the title this season.

    Mikel Arteta's side are currently five points clear at the top of the table.

    When asked for a yes or no answer on whether Arsenal will win the Prem, Walcott told talkSPORT: "Yes. I do. I really do actually.

    "Look at Eddie Nketiah right now, he’s having his opportunity and he’s taken it with both hands.

    "There’s something about Arsenal right now, just the whole atmosphere there.

    "I’m positive about it, I really am."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Gunners told to add more firepower

    Former Arsenal star Kevin Campbell has said Arsenal need to sign another striker, regardless of whether they bring in Mykhailo Mudryk.

    Gabriel Jesus is currently sidelined with a knee injury.

    Campbell acknowledged Eddie Nketiah has done a "terrific job" in his absence, but suggested the Gunners still need more up top.

    He told Sky Sports News: "Obviously, Jesus has been out injured, Eddie Nketiah has come in and done a terrific job, but it’s still fire power that Arsenal lack.

    "You look at their bench, it’s great to see Emile Smith Rowe come back, but it’s not enough.

    "Mudryk would be a really good addition, but I still think they need another striker."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    More Mudryk developments

    Arsenal transfer target Mykhailo Mudryk cryptically posted to his Instagram story on Thursday night.

    The 22-year-old winger posted a black screen with just a praying emoji to his story.

    He later deleted the post.

    Mudryk's upload came after Fabrizio Romano reported Arsenal have approached Shakhtar with a third offer close to £62m plus add-ons.

    The two clubs are said to still be negotiating a potential transfer.

  • Joshua Mbu

    Good morning Arsenal fans

    Shakhtar Donetsk star Mykhailo Mudryk appears to have confirmed his switch to Arsenal is set to happen after posting a photo of himself in a Gunners shirt.

    The 22-year-old has openly said he wants to sign for the North London club in the January transfer window.

    But Arsenal have seen their opening two bids knocked back with Shakhtar said to be demanding £88million.

    The Gunners have yet to submit a third offer, while Chelsea are also in the bidding war.

    Despite the transfer battle between the London giants, Mudryk is currently in Turkey during Shakhtar's mid-season winter tour.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal are in talks to sign Real Madrid star Eden Hazard this month.

    According to Media Foot, former Chelsea star Hazard could make the move back to the Premier League after struggling at Real.

    The Gunners will turn to the winger if they fail to sign top target Mudryk.

    The North Londoners have contacted Los Blancos to see if signing the Belgian would be a possibility.

    And Arsenal have been charged with failing to control their players for the second time within a week.

    The Gunners were penalised for their antics in the goalless draw against Newcastle on January 3 and six days later the North Londoners' players surrounded the referee on the way to beating Oxford in the FA Cup.

    Mikel Arteta's stars remonstrated with David Coote in the 34th minute of Monday's third-round clash at the Kassam Stadium after Albert Sambi Lokonga's effort deflected wide for a corner kick after striking an Oxford defender on the arm.

    The official did not award a penalty and there was no VAR on hand to review the decision, sparking a furious reaction.

    And that has now prompted another response from the FA, who declared: "Arsenal FC has been charged with breaching FA Rule E20.1 during its tie against Oxford United FC in The FA Cup on Monday 9 January 2023.

    "It's alleged that Arsenal FC failed to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during the 34th minute, and the club has until Monday 16 January 2023 to respond."

    Finally, Arsenal have been told they can sign Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic on loan in the January transfer window.

    Manager Mikel Arteta wants depth in midfield ahead of what could be a rough second half of the season in the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League.

    And TuttoJuve report Milinkovic-Savic could be the solution to their problem.

    The Serbia international's contract expires in the summer of 2024, but he could be allowed to leave this month.

    The same report suggests the Roman outfit is losing patience over the 27-year-old's contract situation, which means they might be forced to cash in.

    As a result, the Serie A giants would now be prepared to accept a six-month loan deal with an obligation to buy for £44m in the summer .

  • Kostas Lianos

    Gunner say no

    Barcelona ace Eric Garcia is not interested in quitting Catalonia for Arsenal.

    Garcia has struggled for game time under manager Xavi this season with Barca and the Gunners interested in signing him.

    But according to Mundo Deportivo, the centre-back would not consider that move.

    In fact, the Spain international "only has in mind" to continue playing for the Blaugrana

  • Kostas Lianos

    Arsenal enjoying title pressure

    Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard says his team-mates are enjoying the pressure that comes with a Premier League title challenge.

    Odegaard said: "To be honest, we enjoy the pressure. We feel that people believe in us. To feel that people take us seriously is a good thing.

    "We are where we want to be and we want to fight to win things, we want to be at the top, it’s where this club should be.

    “We’re in a good position at the moment but we have to stay calm, we have to stay humble, we have to keep working hard.

    "There are still so many things we can improve. That’s one of the best things, you know, we can always get better”

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  • Kostas Lianos

    Auba and out

    Chelsea star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looks set to face failure over any potential return to Barcelona after a LaLiga rule emerged prohibiting a move.

    Aubameyang has endured a tough spell since signing for the Blues, and now wants to return to the Nou Camp.

    However, the Royal Spanish Football Federation has a rule which makes a Barca return impossible.

    Article 130 reads: "A player may be registered in only one team of a club, without the possibility of being withdrawn and released by the same club in the course of the same season, except in cases of force majeure or regulatory provision.

    "Likewise, during the course of the season, he/she may not be registered and play in more than three different teams."

    In addition, La Liga’s Article 141.5 says: "Footballers whose licence is cancelled may not, in the course of the same season, obtain a licence in the same team of the club to which they were already associated"

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