Wilshere’s future at Arsenal in serious doubt

Jack Wilshere made a shock move from Arsenal to Bournemouth on a season long loan deal over the summer and the England international has since dropped huge hints that he could potentially leave the Emirates Stadium on a permanent basis.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger refuted Wilshere’s claims though and the club have made it clear under no uncertain terms that they would like to keep hold of the services of the 25-year-old beyond the end of the current campaign.

However, the Daily Star have now gone on to report that Arsenal have not yet begun talks of a contract extension with Wilshere despite their intention to keep hold of the midfielder and there is now a strong possibility that the England international will leave the Gunners at the end of the season, with the likes of Manchester City and Milan interested.

Arsenal open talks to sign Lucas Moura

Arsenal have fallen behind in the race for the Premier League title and in order to get their pursuit of the English crown back in order, the Gunners are expected to strengthen their squad during the current January transfer window with a couple of signings.

A host of names have been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium in recent times and now according to reports from Italian outlet TuttoMercato, claims have been made that Arsenal have opened talks over a surprise swoop for Paris-Saint Germain star Lucas Moura.

Moura is undoubtedly one of the most exciting attacking players in Europe at the moment and it is believed that Arsenal are hopeful of luring the 24-year-old Brazilian international to North London, with his contract at Paris ending in 2019.

Ozil wants Wilshere’s shirt

Ozil has been wearing the number 11 jersey at Arsenal since his £42.5 million move from Real Madrid back in 2013 but the German international has now gone on to state that he wants the squad number 10.

The number 10 jersey at Arsenal is currently vacant following Jack Wilshere’s departure to Bournemouth this summer and speaking to the German media, Ozil has insisted that he would like to take over the number as it is available at the moment.

The playmaker was quoted saying by the Kicker (via the Daily Mirror), "Since Wilshere’s departure last summer, the number is free, but I have yet to get it."

Arsenal have not placed any offer for Andrea Belotti

Arsenal have widely been linked with a move for a Andrea Belotti over the past few days and recently, Torino director Gianluca Petrachi went on to claim that the Gunners had placed a whopping £56 million offer to sign the striker – which was rejected.

Petrachi had told Sky Italia, "We received and refused a €65m offer from Arsenal for Andrea Belotti, but it does not reflect the value of the player.

Wenger happy with Welbeck

After almost eight months out with injury, Danny Welbeck made his long awaited return to the pitch during Arsenal’s 2-1 victory over Preston North London in the FA Cup third round clash at Deepdale on Saturday night and the striker nearly marked the occasion with a wonderful long range goal.

Welbeck was thwarted by a fine save from Preston goalkeeper Chris Maxwell but nonetheless, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was happy with what he saw from his fit-again striker on the night.

The Frenchman told Arsenal’s official website, “He has been out for such a long time, that just for him to get 15 minutes was great. I think I had a hesitation.

“Had we not come back early I would perhaps have brought him on earlier. He thought he had 20 minutes in his legs and in the end he nearly scored, so that’s good.”