first_imgAfter an inspired start to the season, predictably things have taken a turn for what could be the worse at Arsenal.The recent defeat to West Bromwich Albion saw Francis Coquelin leave the field with knee ligament damage, which has ruled him out of action for two months, and Santi Cazorla has since suffered a similar fate.The Spaniard limped off against Norwich City last weekend, and reports claim he will be sidelined for three months – meaning Arsene Wenger will be without his two first-choice holding midfielders over the busy festive period.News will have come as a huge blow to manager Arsene Wenger, with Coquelin and Cazorla finally offering essential balance in the centre of the park and helping to deliver belief among supporters that they really could challenge for the title this season.With Cazorla’s injury being one of many over the past few weeks, Gunners fans have been left understandly frustrated.Read their reaction, on Twitter, below. 1 Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla last_img read more

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers and online…Arsene Wenger has targeted £45million-rated Brazilian star Malcom to replace Alexis Sanchez. Manchester City have held discussions with Arsenal over signing Sanchez this month, but have been told the Gunners want a replacement before they will sanction any move. Boss Wenger has Bordeaux forward Malcom on his radar and Arsenal have held talks with the French club about signing the 20-year-old this month, amid rival interest from Tottenham and Manchester United. (Daily Mirror)Tottenham have made moves to tie down Dele Alli with a new contract. England star Alli has become one of Europe’s hottest properties, with Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain among his admirers. But Spurs are confident the 21-year-old midfielder will sign up to a new deal. (Daily Mirror)Liverpool want to reward striker Roberto Firmino with a new contract keeping him at Anfield for the rest of his career. Firmino still has two years remaining on his current deal but will be offered the opportunity to commit longer. Having lost Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, Liverpool will move to ensure their other prized assets are not similarly tempted to go should record breaking bids materialise. (Daily Telegraph)The Fulham vice-chairman Tony Khan has announced that the club’s 17-year-old phenomenon Ryan Sessegnon will not be sold this month, amid interest from Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur among others in the England Under-19 international. (Daily Telegraph)Manchester United will have to pay up to £27m to sign Anderlecht midfielder Leander Dendoncker in January, according to the club’s general manager Herman Van Holsbeeck. United made an enquiry about the 22-year-old after he made a big impression against Jose Mourinho’s side in the Europa League quarter-final back in April. (Manchester Evening News)Crystal Palace believe they will wrap up the signing of Diafra Sakho by the end of the week. Sakho, 28, is understood to be eager to end his unhappy spell at West Ham by moving to Selhurst Park. The Eagles are also keen to reignite their interest in another Senegal frontman, Khouma Babacar of Fiorentina. (Daily Mirror)Alex Pritchard is due for a medical at Huddersfield Town on Thursday after Norwich accepted an £14million bid. (Daily Mail)West Ham have been told that they will have to stump up £15million for Bournemouth’s Harry Arter. Irons boss David Moyes is keep to add more mobility to his midfield this month while Arter is ready to quit the south coast for London. (Daily Mirror)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?The transfer rumours surrounding Alexis Sanchez continue to swirl and Manchester City look set to pounceInter Milan have been offered the chance to sign former Chelsea winger Andre Schurrle on loanEverton, Southampton, Watford and West Ham United are all reportedly chasing Atletico Madrid winger Nicolas GaitanArsenal and Everyon target Andre SilvA will not be leaving AC Milan, according to the club’s sporting directorlast_img read more