Liverpool fans may be confident of securing a deal for former Real Madrid star Gonzalo Higuain, but Arsenal are still very much in with a shout if the betting stakes are anything to go by.
Ladbrokes have remained unmoved by recent speculation claiming that the Reds are to sell Mario Balotelli to Juventus to give them the funds to complete the purchase of Higuain, and the Gunners are installed as their favourites to land the Argentina international this month.
Higuain has been a hit in Serie A since moving to Napoli from Real in the summer of 2013, but Arsene Wenger is in need of a goal scoring striker and the 27-year-old’s prowess looks to be enough to have peaked the Frenchman’s interest.
At the moment Arsenal are having to rely heavily on Alexis Sanchez for the bulk of their goals, with Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck both struggling to earn their keep with regards to finding the net in the Premier League.
Sanchez's brace against Stoke City helped Wenger's side on the way to a 3-0 victory, but the Gunners boss will know he needs more firepower if he's to challenge the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City.
Elsewhere there’s been an update to the fitness of right-back Mathieu Debuchy, who dislocated his shoulder during the victory over Stoke City. Wenger confirmed that the summer signing is recovering after clashing with the advertising hoardings, but it’s unlikely he’ll be back in time to face Manchester City next weekend.
The France international has only recently recovered from an injury that ruled him out for a number of months, having failed to adequately replace Bacary Sagna, who joined City in the summer.
- Giroud has been warned by Mark Halsey that he's getting a poor reputation for himself amongst the referees of the Premier League. The striker appeared to push Ryan Shawcross in the neck during the victory at the Emirates Stadium, having already found notoriety for being sent off in the Boxing Day fixture against QPR for a headbutt.