Arse­nal con­tact Napoli over Koulibaly

The Punch - - SPORTS -

It’s Christmas Day and with foot­ball fans across the UK ex­chang­ing and open­ing gifts, Arse­nal will be look­ing for­ward to the start of Jan­uary and their first chance to buy play­ers un­der Mikel Arteta.

The new head coach of the Gun­ners will be able to make new sign­ings and sell any in­di­vid­u­als who are sur­plus to re­quire­ments once the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow is open.

Premier League clubs will be bat­tling it out for the top tal­ent

across the world and sup­port­ers drawn to the Emi­rates Sta­dium will be ex­pect­ing deals to be done.

Arteta re­placed Unai Emery as head coach ear­lier in De­cem­ber and at­ten­tions have turned to who is he likely to bring in to help with their chal­lenge to seal a re­turn to the Cham­pi­ons League in 2020.

Emery bought a num­ber of new faces in dur­ing the sum­mer, in­clud­ing the club record sign­ing of for­ward Ni­co­las Pepe, Kieran Tier­ney, David Luiz, Gabriel Martinelli, Wil­liam Sal­iba and Dani Ce­bal­los.

How­ever, with Arse­nal cur­rently find­ing them­selves way off the pace for a top four fin­ish.

But, as with any trans­fer win­dow, there is also the risk of los­ing play­ers as other clubs look to strengthen their team for the end of sea­son run­ning.

•Kepa

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