Arsenal roundup: Manchester City could beat Gunners to Diego Simeone

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The past seven days have been a bit of a mixed bag for Arsenal fans. When the January transfer window slammed shut it brought to a close a period of efficiency from Arsene Wenger that saw the Gunners boosted by the addition of La Liga centre-back Gabriel Paulista.

Yet the Brazilian was forced to watch from the bench as his new side lost the north London derby at White Hart Lane on Saturday, with Tottenham Hotspur starlet Harry Kane proving too much to handle.

With a vitally important clash against Leicester City tonight Wenger will know he can’t waste time mourning what could have been, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of gossip for the fans to enjoy…

Return for Sanchez possible?

One of the most interesting Arsenal-related stories of this morning is the news that Manchester City are vying to beat them to the signature of Diego Simeone. According to the Daily Express the Gunners see the Argentine coach as an ideal long-term replacement for Wenger, and will try and land him when the Frenchman's time at the Emirates Stadium is up.

However they could be beaten to the punch by City, who are known for their ruthless approach to what they deem managerial failings. If Manuel Pellegrini can't convince the board he's the man to take the club forward then Simeone, whose stock is once again extremely high thanks to Atletico's 4-0 humbling of European champions Real Madrid at the weekend, might be the answer.

Ochoa interest

Meanwhile Arsenal are purported to be ready to chance their arm at signing World Cup star Guillermo Ochoa from Malaga this summer, with the goalkeeper having informed his current club of a desire to leave.

The Mexico international has been frozen in the No.2 spot since arriving in Spain last summer on the back of his showing in Brazil, and with Arsene Wenger having the headache of picking a No.1 between the inconsistent Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina, Ochoa could be a decent option.

Fekir preparations

Last but not least the Gunners are also said to be interested in launching a bid to sign Ligue 1 sensation Nabil Fekir, who has shone for Lyon this term and already has eight goals and six assists in just 20 matches for the French giants.

£25 million is said to be the fee it would take to lure him away from his current club, but with Arsenal requiring the services of an out-and-out goalscorer that could well be a sum Wenger is prepared to part with.

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