After a busy summer transfer window that saw the arrival and departure of several world-class attacking options, Arsenal fans will be looking ahead to the January transfer window in eager anticipation of what moves manager Arsene Wenger is likely to make.
The Gunners did start the Premier League this year in slow fashion but have found their groove well and now sit just two points outside the top four.
Their squad is strong, but with injuries inevitable and already existent in some cases, the January transfer window provides an interesting occasion for the north London club to make a move or two to set them in good stead for the remainder of the season.
What moves are the Gunners likely to make? What players are on their radar, and who could be set to leave the Emirates over the January transfer window?
Let's take a look at all those questions as we break down the latest Arsenal transfer rumors and updates for this week.
Sturridge has not started a Premier League match so far for Chelsea, and with the Blues squad already very strong in attack, Roberto Di Matteo could well look to sell the striker for around £15 million if the right offer comes in.
Arsenal are also believed to be interested in signing Brazilian international Leandro Damiao—poaching the striker from under the nose of Tottenham Hotspur, who have been interested in the striker for some time now.
According to the Daily Star, the Gunners want another striker to add to their squad due to the slow start made by Olivier Giroud and the fact that they will lose Gervinho to the Africans Cup in January, and they believe that Damiao is a transfer option worth signing.
After signing Russian international Andrey Arshavin for £15 million four years ago, Arsenal are believed to be willing to let the striker leave the club on a free transfer in order to reduce their wage bill.
Arguably Arsenal's biggest transfer disappointment in recent years, Marouane Chamakh will be offered another move back to Bordeaux by chairman Jean-Louis Triaud, who is eager to see if the 28-year-old will have more success in Ligue 1 than he has had in the English Premier League.
Triaud is quoted by The Daily Mail as saying: "In December 2011 I sent a message to say the door was open for a return but he wanted to stay. Now the message is there again with the same objective."
Spanish international Fernando Llorente is believed to be considered a transfer target by Arsene Wenger, according to The Daily Mail, which states that the Gunners boss will look to spend up to £35 million to adequately fill the void left by the sale of Robin van Persie.
Llorente has already stated that he will not be re-signing his contract with current club Athletic Bilbao at the end of the season—meaning that he could be available for a significantly reduced price now if the Spanish club want to try and make some money off his departure.
Arsenal defender Johan Djourou is believed to be a transfer target for Napoli over the January transfer window, with the 25-year-old barely featuring in the North London club's season to date.
The Daily Mirror reports that Djourou, who is currently on £50,000 per week at the club, is thought to be a £6 million target for the Italian club and will have talks with manager Arsene Wenger during the week to discuss his playing career at the club.
Djourou is yet to make an appearance in the English Premier League this year, with his only match coming against lowly Coventry in the Capital One Cup.
The club's co-chairman Steve Parish is adamant that the club will not listen to any deal that falls below the £20 million mark, telling The Daily Mirror, "Other sides can fly their kits, but it would take more than £20 million before we even got interested."
The 19-year-old is considered one of the hottest emerging talents in England.
After falling behind Kieran Gibbs in the pecking order, Andre Santos has hinted that he would be open to a move away from Arsenal should the moment arise—in particular, mentioning that he wouldn't mind a move back to his former club Fenerbahce.
The Brazilian posted via his Twitter account that he would welcome a move back to Turkey should the right offer come for the 29-year-old.
"For now, I have not received an offer from a Turkish team", Santos said. "However, if I receive an offer one day, thinking about what is best for my family, I will make a decision."
And wrapping up our Arsenal transfer news for this week is goalkeeper Vito Mannone, who has ruled out a move to any club over the January transfer window.
Mannone, 24, has been excellent for the Gunners so far this season due to an injury to Wojciech Szczesny and has emphatically stated his desire to remain at the Emirates for as long as possible.
The Daily Mirror quotes the goalkeeper as saying, "I've got a few more years (on my contract) and I'm happy to be at Arsenal right now. I'm looking at the present and my future is not in doubt. I want to stay at Arsenal as long as I can, I don't want to move to any other club."
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