According to a report in the The Times (£), Arsenal are interested in taking midfielder Adrian Rabiot on loan from Juventus when the January transfer window opens.
The 24 year old signed for the Italian champions on a free transfer during the summer, and since then has made 12 appearances in all competitions.
The report suggests Juve are reluctant to let him leave and would be more willing to discuss a deal for former Liverpool player Emre Can, but apparently Mikel Arteta wants the French international to bolster his midfield.
It’s thought that Arsenal are looking to bring in a midfield player and a central defender when the window opens to help the new head coach provide some defensive stability to a team which has found that hard to come by this season.
Meanwhile, Arteta has made moves to calm the Granit Xhaka situation, as the Swiss international continues to be strongly linked with a move to Hertha Berlin.
Having insisted that everyone would start with a clean slate under his watch, he appears to see the 27 year old as a valuable part of the squad – until the summer at least – and wants to help build bridges between him and a fanbase who have been somewhat at odds with each other since his substitution against Crystal Palace.
Revealing he was a player on Man City’s radar before making the move to North London, Arteta said, “I told him how much I like him, what I expect from him and how important he is for the team.
“I am here to help him, I want him to feel that we are right behind him. Not just myself but the whole club.
“If we can get the fans on his side I think it will be helpful for the team, which is where it matters.”