7am Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Nketiah to Bristol City, Kessie enquiry, Gunners reject Lemar, Dangote takeover – The Sun

ARSENAL are stepping up their pursuit of a centre-back, with moves for the likes of Jerome Boateng being mooted.

And in midfield, the Gunners have been linked with AC Milan's Franck Kessie and Atletico Paranaense's Bruno Guimaraes.

Meanwhile, Eddie Nketiah is expected to join Bristol City on loan, after Arsenal accidentally announced it on their website.

Follow all the latest Arsenal transfer gossip and updates below…

  • EDDING OFF

    The Gunners appeared to accidentally confirm Eddie Nketiah has completed a loan move to Bristol City after an online gaffe.

    The striker recently returned to the Emirates having spent the first part of the season at Leeds where he managed five goals in 19 games for the Yorkshire club.

    But after growing frustrated with a lack of game time under Marcelo Bielsa the Gunners decided to recall the 20-year-old.

    Aston Villa, Bristol City, Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest all entered the race to snap up Nketiah.

  • TOP GUNS

    Arsenal could finally see the back of their hated owner – with billionaire Aliko Dangote interested in buying the club.

    The Gunners faithful have called for Stan Kroenke to go for years after – what they see – as a lack of investment in the squad.

    The struggling North Londoners need a squad overhaul, with them lying down in tenth in the Premier League table.

    The future looks slightly brighter, with Mikel Arteta coming in to take over as boss from Unai Emery and already showing signs of progress.

  • STAT ATTACK

    Here are the key stats for the Arsenal squad after 22 games played.

  • AU-OH

    Arsenal are looking to have Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's three-match ban reduced after he was sent off for a dangerous challenge on Max Meyer in their Premier League clash with Crystal Palace.

    Having originally been shown a yellow card for the foul that saw Meyer subbed-off with an ankle injury, VAR intervened to upgrade referee Paul Tierney’s decision to a red in the second half of Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park.

    The Gunners are hoping to see their star-striker's ban reduced as the three-match suspension would see Aubameyang miss fixtures against Sheffield United and Chelsea, as well as the FA Cup fourth-round tie at Bournemouth.

    The Arsenal camp believe there was no excessive force used in Aubameyang's challenge and that he was making a genuine attempt to win the ball.

  • DEY BREAKER

    Arsenal goalie Deyan Iliev has joined Polish side Jagiellonia Bialystok on loan until the end of the season.

    Iliev had just returned to the Emirates after a spell at Slovakian side SKF Sered.

    But despite starring for Arsenal’s Under-23s last term, Mikel Arteta decided it was best to send the stopper out on loan again.

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