Arsenal news: Mikel Arteta ‘set to snub £30m offer’ as two players edge towards exit door | Football | Sport

Mikel Arteta will reportedly knock back approaches for Eddie Nketiah this January despite Crystal Palace’s willingness to pay around £30million for the Arsenal striker. The Gunners are all set for a quiet winter, but two peripheral players could be allowed to leave the Emirates Stadium before the window slams shut.

Injuries to fellow striker Gabriel Jesus have given Nketiah golden opportunities to stamp his authority on the Gunners’ centre-forward spot this season. But the 24-year-old’s return of five goals in 19 Premier League appearances leaves plenty to be desired.

Particularly when compared to Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, Manchester City’s Erling Haaland and Tottenham’s Son Heung-min, who are all comfortably into double figures for the campaign.

Even so, transfer expert Ben Jacobs claims that Arteta wants to ‘hold on’ to Nketiah even if a hefty bid lands at the Emirates. Palace are said to have a long-standing interest in the frontman, who they value at approximately £30m.

But the report explains that Arsenal would turn their nose up at such an approach unless Arteta makes it clear that he would be willing to lose Nketiah before the end of the month. The Gunners were widely tipped to sign a new striker this January but their top targets, Ivan Toney and Victor Osimhen, would each command eye-watering transfer fees.

Rumours suggest that Getafe forward Borja Mayoral is also in the crosshairs, although reports of a £22m bid have been refuted. Arteta may therefore have no choice but to stick with what he’s got and hope that Nketiah or Jesus find their rhythm over the second half of the season.

Man City and Liverpool faltering at various points this campaign has given Arsenal the perfect chance to forge ahead in the Premier League title race. But the Gunners’ form has nosedived in disastrous fashion since the start of the festive period.

Defeat against Liverpool in the FA Cup on Sunday was Arsenal’s third in a row across all competitions, and they haven’t won a game of any description since the 2-0 victory at home to Brighton on December 17.

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