Arsenal transfer news: January 16th 2015

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Arsene Wenger delivered confirmed transfer news for Arsenal fans this morning - the Gunners first signing of the Janaury transfer window is 17-year-old Polish starlet Krystian Bielik.

It's a welcome bit of good news for Arsenal fans as they sit and hope for more arrivals as the days tick by towards the deadline. A first-team central midfielder, a central defender, either would be great, both would be unbelievable.

Teenage Bielik is a midfielder, but he's expected to slot into the club's development squad. Tucked safely away at London Colney, he likely won't be called upon by Wenger for a few years yet.

In a busy pre-match press conference before Arsenal's trip to Manchester City on Sunday, Wenger also confirmed that, yes, the Gunners are scouring the football world for a defender.


Arsenal scouts are 'working very hard' to find a defender. I hope these are not the scouts that found Johan Djourou or Philippe Senderos.

Wenger did not name any names but West Ham defender Winston Reid features prominently in just about every round-up you read - and this one's no different.

Unfortunately for Gunners fans, the Kiwi international is not out of contract until this summer and it would be classic Arsenal to wait until then to snap him up on a free.

Never mind the fact they're woefully short of centre-backs and scrapping for their lives to cling on to Champions League football for another season right now, every penny matters.

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Elsewhere, West Ham chairman David Gold - perhaps aware of Arsenal's interest in Reid - decided to embarrass his London rivals by publicly confirming that Carl Jenkinson cannot be recalled by the Emirates Stadium club.

With Mathieu Debuchy out for another three months, that's a big blow and poor planning from Arsenal.


And perhaps slightly more ambitiously, it has been reported that contract issues between Sami Khedira and Real Madrid could mean a Premier League move is back on the cards for the Germany international.

It's long been thought that Khedira would be perfect for Arsenal, and Arsenal perfect for Khedira, thanks to the style of play and the Gunners existing Germanic influence.

They may have lost Lukas Podolski on loan to Inter Milan, but they still have Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil.

Khedira has been edged out since the arrival of international teammate Toni Kroos and is yet to discuss terms on a new contract with Bernabeu officials. Still just 27, he would bolster a flaky Arsenal defensive midfield.

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