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Arsenal Transfer News: Latest Kieran Gibbs, Ben Chilwell, Deadline Day Rumours

Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs celebrates after scoring a goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium in London, Sunday Nov. 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
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Christopher SimpsonFeatured ColumnistFebruary 1, 2016

Newcastle United are reportedly hoping to bring Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs to St. James' Park on deadline day.

According to Jack Gaughan of the MailOnline, the Magpies are hoping to capitalise on Gibbs' status as back-up to Nacho Monreal, which has seen him make just two Premier League starts this season.

However, per James Olley of the London Evening Standard, the Englishman is firmly set to stay put:

The Chronicle's Lee Ryder noted the club have also nipped the rumour in the bud:

Indeed, per Gaughan, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said:

He went through a period that was difficult for him but now he is back with full power and commitment and he is very fit.

He will get games and he is a quality player. There is competition and I understand what you say, players have that target of the European Championship.

But the first and the most important one is the club and the achievement of the club. To be at the European Championship is always a consequence of what you have done at the club.

Gaughan further reported Newcastle's only realistic chance of securing Gibbs would be if the Gunners recruit another left-back themselves.

According to an exclusive by Metro's Jamie Sanderson, Arsenal could be trying to do just that, as they are "working to sign Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell" before the deadline and have seen a £3 million bid rejected.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 20 :  Kyle Walker of Tottenham Hotspur and Ben Chilwell of Leicester City during the Emirates FA Cup match between Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur at King Power Stadium on January 20, 2016 in Leicester, England.  (Photo b
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The 19-year-old starred for the Foxes against Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup in January, for the most part looking a solid defender and forming a tantalising partnership with Leicester new boy Demarai Gray going forward down the left flank.

Yahoo Sport's Helen Nutter and the Leicester Mercury's James Sharpe highlighted his impact during the replay with Spurs:

However, having already played for Huddersfield Town in a loan spell earlier this season, Chilwell wouldn't be able to feature for Arsenal due to FIFA's rule that players may only play for a maximum of two clubs in a single season.

Further, with the future looking bright for Leicester as a whole, there's little point in Chilwell moving on just yet anyway. Don't expect Gibbs or Chilwell to be moving before the deadline.

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In other news, Stoke City are attempting to prise Michy Batshuayi away from Marseille. According to L'Equipe (h/t Sport Witness), the Potters "have made a last-minute approach" for the striker, who has long been reported as a target for the Gunners, per Calciomercato (via Will Giles of Metro). Further, Tottenham and Newcastle are also named among his suitors.

The 22-year-old has scored 15 goals and assisted on eight in all competitions this season and will continue to attract interest until he is almost inevitably snapped up.

However, the report indicated Marseille are determined to keep him, making it improbable that any of the English clubs will be able to sign him until at least the summer.

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