Kim Kallstrom could make his Arsenal debut in this weekend’s FA Cup quarter final against Everton as he closes in on a return to fitness, the Mirror understands.
The Sweden international became the Gunners’ only new signing during the January transfer window, but is yet to feature having arrived at the club carrying a back injury.
Arsenal face an uphill battle if they are to avoid being knocked out of the Champions League at the last sixteen stage for a fourth consecutive year after losing their first leg against Bayern Munich 2-0 at the Emirates yesterday evening.
Goals from Toni Kross and Thomas Muller secured victory for the German side, who are favourites with the bookmakers to retain the trophy they won last May by beating rivals Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund 2-1 at Wembley.
Arsene Wenger is set to recall Wojciech Sczcesny and Olivier Giroud to the Arsenal starting line-up for this evening’s game at Southampton.
The pair were rested for Friday night’s 4-0 FA Cup fourth round win over Coventry City on Friday evening, though Giroud did make a cameo appearance, getting on the score sheet despite not coming on until the 79th minute.
Midefielders Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta and defender Thomas Vermaelen are all set to return to the match-day squad after recovering from their respective injuries, though Jack Wilshere is doubtful with an ankle problem.
Meanwhile, the club have agreed a deal with sportswear company Puma, according to the Mail Online.
The German manufacturer will become the Gunners kit suppliers from next season, ending their twenty year partnership with Nike.
Elsewhere, Newcastle United have accepted an offer for midfielder Yohan Cabaye from Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint Germain, Sky Sports understands.
Arsenal had been interested in securing the services of the France international themsleves, and saw a bid of around £10m rejected back in August.
However, the 28 year old now looks set to secure a move back to his home country, after two-and-a-half seasons with Alan Pardew’s side.
Arsenal booked their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup after comfortably beating North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening.
Goals from Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky either side of half time gave the Gunners a deserved win, and set up a fourth round clash with League One side Coventry City.
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has admitted to the FA that he made an obscene gesture to Manchester City fans during the Gunners’ 6-3 defeat at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon, the Daily Star understands.
However, the 21 year old will contest the potential two match ban that is set to be handed to him.
Emiliano Viviano is a January transfer target for Bologna and Werder Bremen, Talksport understands.
The 27 year-old goalkeeper is currently with the Gunners on a season-long loan from Palermo, but is currently behind Poland internationals Wojciech Szczesny and Lukas Fabianski in the pecking order at the Emirates, and is yet to make an appearance for Arsene Wenger’s side.
Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has given his backing to England goalkeeper Joe Hart ahead of their forthcoming international double header, the Daily Star understands.
The Manchester City shot stopper was recently dropped by manager Manuel Pellegrini following a drop in form, and he is set to miss his first England game in fifteen months on Friday as Roy Hodgson takes a look at either or both of his back options – Celtic’s Fraser Forster and John Ruddy of Norwich City.
Arsenal are considering making a bid for West Ham United defender Winston Reid when the transfer window reopens in January, the Metro understands.
Manager Arsene Wenger is on the lookout for defensive cover, with captain Thomas Vermaelen looking likely to leave the club before too long.
Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny believes that England can challenge for glory at next summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil, Sky Sports understands.
The 23 year old was beaten twice by at Wembley on Tuesday evening as Roy Hodgson’s men booked their place at the tournament, and he is sure that with a few small improvements, the Three Lions can go far.
Tomas Rosicky has been included in Arsenal’s squad for this evening’s visit of Napoli in the Champions League.
The midfielder has been out of action since he suffered a hamstring problem whilst on international duty with the Czech Republic last month.
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