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Barcelona set to hijack Arsenal move, Arteta Confirm Another Fresh Injury Ahead of Thursday Clash

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La Liga giants, Barcelona have reportedly identified PSV Eindhoven attacker Donyell Malen as a surprise target when the January transfer window will be re-opened.

The Spanish giants missed out on securing the services of Lyon striker Memphis Depay to their ranks during the closing days of the summer window, effectively leaving Ronald Koeman a player short up front.

With Depay having less than a year left on his current deal, Barcelona are believed to make a return for the Netherlands international at the start of 2021.

However, according to reports in Spain, Ronald Koeman’s side are willing to switch their attention to Malen if Lyon are still not prepared to sell talented Dutch attacker.

While PSV may have little interest in parting ways with their key player, a lack of Champions League football this campaign may eventually force their hand.

The Gunners are also keeping tabs on the situation ahead of a potential big-money move for the next season’s transfer window.

Meanwhile, According to Sky in Italy and Guardian journalist Fabrizio Romano, Arsenal are monitoring the current situation of RB Salzburg midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai, with an eye on future transfer markets.

Speaking on the Here We Go podcast, it is stated that Szoboszlai is on Arsenal’s wishlist but Aouar remains the number one target.

As first claimed by football.london, Arsenal have monitored his progress at Salzburg for some time and even made contact with his agents as they searched for a potential replacement for Aaron Ramsey last year.

Arteta Confirm Yet Another Fresh Injury Blow Ahead of Thursday Clash

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Pablo Mari is well behind schedule for his return after what was said to be a successful visit to a specialist clinic in Spain for his ankle injury and Mikel Arteta has revealed the defender has suffered another setback.

Arsenal expected Pablo Mari to return to full training at the start of September, then the end, then mid-October. The update before the game against Leicester stated he would be back around 3 November, two months late. Arteta, however, has said the defender suffered another set-back and his return will now take even longer.

“I was hoping that Pablo [Mari] would be back in two weeks, but he had a setback,” Arteta said before Arsenal’s game against Dundalk.

The defender picked up an injury to his ankle back in June, in Arsenal’s first match of the restart against Manchester City.

Mari had successful surgery on the problem soon afterwards, before working on his recovery at a specialist clinic in Spain. His treatment there was said to be a success and he’s now finishing his rehabilitation back at Arsenal, “continuing outside running and strengthening programme, together with light ball work,” something he’s been doing for around two months according to the club.

The defender hasn’t had the smoothest start to life at Arsenal, initially missing out for fitness reasons after joining the club from his end-of-season holiday in Brazil.

Once he got fit, coronavirus led to the football shutdown. Then came his ankle injury as soon as football returned.

As a result, despite signing in January, Mari has played just 204 minutes for Arsenal and none since they completed his £7.2m permanent signing in the summer.

 

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