Arteta responds to Kurzawa reports; discusses Nketiah’s Arsenal chances

Date published: Monday 20th January 2020 7:53 - Jonny Whitfield

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has said that there is “nothing new to say” on his side’s transfer activity after being asked about reports linking Layvin Kurzawa with the Gunners.

Reports in Monday’s newspapers claimed that Paris Saint-Germain full-back Kurzawa has agreed a five-year deal to move to North London starting upon the expiration of his deal in the French capital in the summer.

The reports added that Arsenal were also keen on bringing in a centre-back before the end of the January transfer window, with Dayot Upamecano and Jerome Boateng Arteta’s prime targets.

Speaking at a press conference on Monday, however, Arteta was dismissive when asked about the links.

“There is nothing new to say on any individual players and when we have more info we’ll let you know.”

Asked if he would be unhappy if no new arrivals were sealed before the January 31 deadline, Arteta said: “I would not be unhappy without anybody in because we couldn’t.

“It’s because the players we want to bring in have to be players that will help us and make a difference in the squad not just for the sake of just bringing in players.”



Meanwhile, youngster Eddie Nketiah is expected to stick around at the Emirates for the remainder of the season having been recalled from a loan spell at Leeds United.

Arteta said about the Englishman’s game time chances: “It would depend on the circumstances, the players we have available, his performance, the way he trains the impact he makes every time he plays.

“He’s a young player but I have to try and treat him exactly the same as the other ones.

“[If] I put him in the pitch because I think he deserves it. The way he trains, the way he shows every day how much he wants it and it will depend on him.”

In other Arsenal news, the Gunners have reportedly come into complications in their chase for Athletico Paranense midfielder Bruno Guimaraes.

Arsenal have been linked with a move for the 22-year-old along with Benfica but the latest report claims that Lyon have now submitted a bid.

However, Athletico reportedly want to keep hold of some of the ownership rights of Guimaraes and the only way to prevent such a situation would be to pay €40m.

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