Here is your Arsenal morning digest for Sunday, January 3.
Gunners want Soler deal
Soler was reportedly a target for the Gunners before the season started, and the Spanish club’s financial state means they will consider any offer for the 24-year-old, regardless of how highly they value him.
Now, Mikel Arteta is said to still be keen on the Spanish midfielder, and the report claims that his side’s interest has been ‘revived’.
Arsenal are ‘keeping an eye’ on Soler, who has a release clause of £130million, but it has not been revealed what price Valencia would accept for one of their star players.
There has been plenty of speculation that Arteta is desperate to add a creative midfield player to his ranks and Soler certainly fits that description.
Arteta heaps praise on Tierney following Baggies rout
Arsenal chief Arteta insisted that he sees a player with “enormous talent” in the shape of Kieran Tierney after the left-back’s starring role in the Gunners’ 4-0 win over West Bromwich Albion last night.
The Scotland international scored one and made one as the Gunners cruised their way to a third successive Premier League victory.
Heaping praise on the defender’s shoulders following the game, Arteta explained: “Ever since the moment that I joined the club and he went through his shoulder injury, I saw a player with enormous talent, with the perfect attitude and commitment and then a kid who is a joy to work with.
“And I’m so happy for him for the goal he scored, everything that he’s put in to be better every day, towards the team, towards the club.
“He had some issues to adapt. It was a challenge for him to leave his house and we are all trying to help him because the kid really deserves this. He’s a joy to work with.”
Read everything that Arteta had to say following the win over West Brom by clicking here.
Dortmund chief’s Brandt update
Borussia Dortmund’s Sporting Director Michael Zorc has broken his silence on the future of Julian Brandt, amid reports linking the midfielder with a move to the Emirates Stadium.
As outlined above, Arteta is keen to add a creative midfielder to his squad in an attempt to bolster their attacking options.
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“I read that too, I can’t say more about it,” Zorc told Sport1. “No one has contacted us, there is nothing on the table – and not even in the fax machine. That’s all I can say.”
As well as Brandt, Christian Eriksen of Inter Milan, Real Madrid’s Isco and Norwich City ace Emiliano Buendia have all been linked with moves to the Emirates Stadium.