Arsenal transfer news: January 20th

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We start with the Arsenal man of the moment, defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin.

The Frenchman has gone from the scrapheap to the top table in rapid time, and the Daily Mirror reports the 23-year-old will be rewarded with a new three-year contract.

Apparently all you need now is one good game, admittedly against the Premier League champions.

The Coquelin news is taken as a blow to Mathieu Flamini, with the midfielder the obvious loser from Sunday's remarkable 2-0 win over Manchester City. Flamini has been average or poor, he flicks between the two, regularly this season and defensive midfield was an area in need of major upgrade before Coquelin's emergence.

Arsenal fans must be hoping that Coquelin's sudden revival does not obscure the fact that a top level holding player is still required. Unfortunately, if the contract news is correct, it looks like it may have already clouded Arsene Wenger's judgement.

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Elsewhere Polish legend Jan Tomaszewski has told Wojciech Szczesny to get out of north London ASAP. Tomaszewski believes Szczesny should escape on loan before the close of the transfer window, having been dropped in favour of David Ospina.

So desperate is Tomaszewski for the Arsenal goalkeeper to leave that he wants national team boss Adam Nawalka to head to London to help the embattled Szczesny find a new club. 

Today's Dortmund link comes courtesy of Dietmar Hamann, who believes Arsenal should avoid signing Ilkay Gundogan and instead look at the Bender twins, Lars or Sven or both.

According to the ex-Liverpool midfielder Gundogan is too similar to Arsenal's current crop of midfielders, and the Gunners would be better served recruiting a more defensively minded player.

And finally, we've saved the best for last. The Daily Express boldly proclaims that PSG striker Edinson Cavani has selected Arsenal as his number one destination should he leave the Parc des Princes this summer.

Hold your horses though, Arsenal fans. Cavani will not be moving this January but will instead look to switch clubs at the first opportunity at the end of the season. He's worth the wait.

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