Everyone associated with Arsenal will be enjoying the Christmas period that little bit more this year as the Gunners sit inside the top four on Christmas Day for the first time since 2016.
This is in large part down to the stellar performances of a number of signings made in the summer, manager Mikel Arteta’s decision to opt for youth over experience appears to have paid off.
The likes of Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White and Martin Odegaard have all improved Arsenal’s spine, while attacking academy graduates Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka continue to terrorise opposition defences in attack.
There is every chance Arteta aims for a similar approach for the second half of the season and strengthens his options come the January transfer window.
With that being said, here is Mirror Football’s Arsenal transfer round-up for Saturday, December 25.
Arsenal reignite Philippe Coutinho interest
The Gunners have spent a number of transfer windows being linked with the struggling Barcelona midfielder and January 2022 appears to be no different.
A number of different Spanish outlets are reporting that Arsenal are ‘working’ to sign Coutinho, in what would complete a star-studded line-up of attacking midfielders if the Brazilian was to play alongside Martin Odegaard Smith Rowe.
Coutinho is one of the highest earners at Camp Nou and given Barcelona’s current economic hardship, the Catalan giants could view his exit as a positive.
The former Liverpool man is reportedly not in Xavi’s plans, something that is known to Coutinho’s representatives – hence the search to find him a new club.
Mundo Deportivo report that the Brazil international would be open to a return to the Premier League after the 29-year-old enjoyed five years at Anfield before his exit in 2018.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang exit nears
The Gabon international has not been seen in an Arsenal shirt since he was stripped of the club captaincy following his latest disciplinary breach.
As a result, speculation around Aubameyang’s exit has inevitably followed, with a number of different clubs touted as possible destinations for the forward in January.
Both Barcelona and Juventus reportedly harbour interest in the 32-year-old, who is likely to remain unused by Arsenal until after the Africa Cup of Nations.
ESPN claim that the Gunners hierarchy are willing to call time on Aubameyang’s time in north London as they listen to any offers that are sent their way between now and the end of the January window.
Sead Kolasinac edges closer to Premier League move
If the summer window earlier this year was all about recruiting, the winter window could be one to cull the Arsenal squad.
Both Aubameyang and Eddie Nketiah have been linked with exits, but full-back Sead Kolasinac now appears the most likely to leave north London next.
The Telegraph report that Watford are keen on adding the Bosnia & Herezegovina international to their ranks as they aim to sort their defence in a bid for Premier League survival.
The former Schalke man is currently on a £100,000 weekly wage, staggering when factoring in he is the Gunners’ third-choice left-back.
It is unlikely the Hornets can cover that kind of salary, meaning the deal could become a loan one for the latter half of the season with Arsenal still paying a portion of his wages.