Edu and Mikel Arteta are facing a busy final couple of days of the transfer window as they look to sort the future of fringe players and keep their eye out for possible back-up to Kieran Tierney.
According to The Athletic (£), Leicester City are keen on signing Ainsley Maitland-Niles for the rest of the season and the England international sees them as a more enticing option than relegation-threatened West Bromwich Albion.
David Ornstein writes that Brendan Rodgers could even push for an option to buy which could well tempt Arsenal who rejected a £15 million offer from Wolves last year. He also says Newcastle and Southampton are monitoring the situation.
Elsewhere, the Gunners are thought to be open to sending Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock out on loan while Liverpool, in desperate need of cover at centre-back, are said to have made contact with Shkodran Mustafi.
Asked about potential outgoings after last night’s 0-0 draw with Manchester United, Arteta said: “There are some conversations at the moment going on.
“I spoke with all the players about their own situation because they are all aware of the minutes that they’re playing and they want to improve their situation.
“I’m willing to help them, the club is willing to help them and we will try to find a solution at the end, but I don’t know whether it will be the case or not.”
As for incomings, The Mirror report that Arsenal are keeping tabs on Crystal Palace’s Holland international Patrick van Aanholt.
The Gunners are without left-footed cover at full-back and have been relying on Cedric to fill-in for Tierney in recent matches.
It’s said that Van Aanholt’s teammate Tyrick Mitchell, 21, was top of our shopping list but the Eagles won’t be letting their academy product leave this month.
Van Aanholt has considerable experience in England. He joined Chelsea from PSV as a teenager and played eight times for the Blues before sealing a permanent switch to Sunderland. Along the way, he went on loan to Coventry, Newcastle, Leicester, Wigan and Vitesse Arnhem. In 2017 he moved to Selhurst Park and has been a regular under Roy Hodgson.
The Gunners have also been linked with Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand who will be out of contract at Saint Mary’s in the summer.