Arsenal transfer news: Arsene Wenger confirms defender talks

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HAZAAR! Arsenal signed someone yesterday, albeit a 17-year-old no one has ever heard of, who has played under ten professional games in his career, but a signing nonetheless.

But today is a new day; Kristian Bielik is old news and Arsene Wenger is now fully focused on signing someone a bit more established to make sure the Gunners stop leaking goals.

With momentum gathering around a possible deal Villarreal's Gabriel Paulista, Wenger could not deny that Arsenal were currently embroiled in transfer talks with the La Liga club. Should they agree a deal, Wenger has rated Paulista's chances of gaining a work permit as "50-50".

Player swap deal

However, Spanish football expert Guillem Balague believes Villarreal will only agree to part with the Brazilian centre-back if Arsenal agree to include Joel Campbell as part of the deal.

Campbell has struggled to get into the first team at the Emirates this season and has reportedly grown frustrated with his lack of opportunities. Wenger rates the Costa Rican highly, so there plenty of doubt surrounding this one.

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We're staying with Campbell for our next story. His agent has reportedly arrived at Arsenal's training complex, London Colney, to hold crunch talks with Wenger over the player's future. 

The 22-year-old is looking likely to become Arsenal's third January departee after Lukas Podolski and Yaya Sanogo left for Inter Milan and Crystal Palace respectively.

New contract for Coquelin

Wenger confirmed that Arsenal were ready to offer Francis Coquelin a new deal after the defensive midfielder's stunning performance against Manchester City drew worldwide plaudits.

Coquelin's current contract expires at the end of the season, but reports have suggested that Arsenal are ready to give the 23-year-old a three-year deal. What a difference a few weeks can make.

Fresh start for Ozil

Away from transfer news, Wenger confirmed that Mesut Ozil is set for his first Arsenal start since October's 2-0 defeat to Chelsea. The Germany international has recovered from a knee injury and will start against Brighton and Hove Albion in the FA Cup fourth round tie this Sunday.

“He is likely to start.” Wenger said sharply.

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