Arsenal are reportedly lining up a bid for Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama as they look to continue their winter spending. Plus, the Gunners are in no rush to extend Joel Campbell's contract at the Emirates Stadium.
The Independent's Jack De Menezes claimed Arsenal still plan to launch a move for Southampton star Wanyama despite adding midfield anchor Mohamed Elneny to their ranks on Thursday.
Former Basel star Elneny arrived in north London as Arsenal's first signing of the winter transfer window, providing cover for injured Gunners Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla.
De Menezes reported Coquelin has now returned to training, as has injury-ravaged academy graduate Jack Wilshere, but Wenger could decide to beef up his ranks further with the addition of Wanyama.
The Kenya international has been linked with a move to the Emirates in the past, and with Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and Tomas Rosicky all likely to leave Arsenal this summer, replacements will be required.
Saints manager Ronald Koeman was recently quizzed on Wanyama's chances of leaving St. Mary's in the summer, but the Dutchman declined to comment on the player's situation, per BBC Sport's Oluwashina Okeleji:
Oluwashina Okeleji @oluwashina
Ronald Koeman would not be drawn on the future of #Kenya midfielder Victor Wanyama: "I don't speak about rumours every day in the press."1/15/2016, 4:40:04 PM
De Menezes also cited a report from the Mirror and claimed Wanyama is currently ahead of other Arsenal midfield targets, Lars Bender and William Carvalho, in Wenger's winter recruitment plans.
The Gunners were disappointed to draw 3-3 at Anfield last Wednesday, and thus put their Premier League lead at serious risk. That left former Liverpool midfielder Don Hutchison to question whether a skill set such as that of Wanyama's would have helped their cause:
Don Hutchison @donhutch4
Brilliant game last night. Liverpools midfield ran their nuts off. Fermino/Giroud👏🏼 I wonder if a Wanyama type might have got Arsenal the 3.1/14/2016, 11:11:02 AM
Meanwhile, the north London club aren't at panic stations in their bid to extend Campbell's stay in north London just yet, even despite his fine run of form in recent months.
That's according to James Benge of the London Evening Standard, who reported Galatasaray target Campbell isn't likely to receive a new offer just yet. However, Wenger is pleased he decided to keep hold of the attacker amid a sea of exit speculation last summer:
I flat-refused to let him go because I saw something in him that gives you belief, because of his attitude.
I thought always the attitude was there. But after Olympiacos, in a game where we had a knife on the throat, he turned up with something special - great teamwork and a pass for (Olivier) Giroud on the second goal that was massive for us. And then I thought 'he can play under pressure as well, which is important for us'.
The Costa Rica international was a key influence in Wednesday's 3-3 draw at Anfield, and Squawka Dave broke down his performance by the numbers, showing he can dazzle in the Gunners' senior ranks:
Statman Dave @StatmanDave
Joel Campbell's game by numbers vs Liverpool: 1 assist 1 key pass 2 interceptions 3 shots 5 tackles won #AFC https://t.co/bH9Y2KrZrg1/13/2016, 9:40:21 PM
Campbell's place in Wenger's squad could soon come under threat, however, following reports Arsenal are already in talks to sign Dynamo Kiev winger Andriy Yarmolenko.
Spanish daily Mundo Deportivo (h/t Telegraph) reported Ukraine star Yarmolenko would be expected to cost in the region of £20 million, but Premier League rivals Chelsea and Everton are also thought to be interested.
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