Arsenal news – Gunners eye Bordeaux defender, Vermaelen return, Youngster loan exit

Youngster loan exit.

Arsenal youngster Ryo Miyaichi looks set to join Dutch outfit Feyenoord on loan until the end of the season, with both clubs reportedly seeking a working agreement in the near future, according to The Mirror.

Arsene Wenger remains keen to send the newly signed 18-year-old out in order to gain more experience of top-level football. It is felt that the Gunners would be interested in sending more of their youngsters over to De club aan de Maas in an effort to aid future work permit applications.

Miyaichji joins fellow Gunners youngster Wellington, who has been forced to join Levante on loan until the season’s end due to being refused a work permit at the Emirates.

Vermaelen return.

Thomas Vermaelen could make his long awaited return to the Gunners first team in the Champions League clash with Barcelona.

The Belgian defender is preparing to undergo surgery this week on the Achilles injury which has ruled him out of action since September, and the operation could rule him out for a further “four to six weeks” according to Sky Sports.

With the two ties against Barca coming on February 16 and March 8, the 25-year-old could return for at least one of the clashes. Wenger is confident the defender’s setbacks have finished, saying: “It is to take out a little ligament next to his tendon. It is to open it a little bit and cut out the ligament that has been causing the friction.

“It is a procedure – that is the right medical term. We are very optimistic (that this will cure the problem). But, of course, it is now what you call in football a little bit longer delay of four to six weeks.”

Gunners eye Bordeaux defender.

Bordeaux defender Michael Ciani is the latest defender being linked with a move to north London, with the 26-year-old “being tracked by Arsenal scouts for a January transfer” according to The Metro.

Ciani was originally linked with a move to Arsene Wenger’s side in the summer, but the Frenchman pursued the signing of Sebastien Squillaci instead. However, with the Gunners’ defence appearing somewhat shaky, interest in Ciani has been renewed.

Bordeaux are thought not to want to sell, but the Gunners could test their resolve with a move imminently.

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