Wednesday’s biggest Arsenal news and transfer rumour roundup.
Arsenal are reportedly close to completing a deal for Dynamo Moscow forward Alexander Kokorin before the transfer window shuts, the Metro reports.
The 24-year-old striker has been linked with a move to Manchester United and Tottenham over the course of the summer, with PSG and Zenit also believed to be interested in signing him.
Competition for places at Arsenal will ensure no one can take their first-team place for granted and keep the squad performing at their highest levels, according to defender Hector Bellerin, via the Daily Star.
Bellerin is currently the first choice right-back for the Gunners, having displaced France international Mathieu Debuchy last season.
Arsenal will travel to White Hart Lane to face Tottenham in the Capital One Cup next month, the Daily Mirror reports.
The north London derby is the standout fixture to come out of Tuesday night’s third round draw.
Arsenal target Ezequiel Lavezzi is close to joining Inter Milan for around £7.3million (€10m), the Daily Express reports.
The Argentina international joined Paris Saint Germain in 2012 from Napoli and won the Ligue 1 title for three consecutive years.
Arsene Wenger is facing more defensive misery for Arsenal’s trip to Newcastle on Saturday, the Daily Mirror reports.
Laurent Koscielny is almost certain to miss out again because of the back problem which forced him to watch Monday’s draw with Liverpool from the stands.
Fellow centre-back Per Mertesacker has a better chance of being fit after being sent home from training at the weekend because of illness, but it is by no means certain he will have recovered in time for the lunchtime kickoff at St James’ Park.