Roundup of today’s Arsenal news and gossip.
Arsenal strike deal to sign Barcelona midfielder
Arsenal are said to be confident of signing Barcelona youngster Sergi Samper for £9.4m this January after meeting his release clause.
CaughtOffside reports that the Gunners have held positive talks with the 19-year-old, who has been compared with former captain and playmaker Cesc Fabregas.
Arsene Wenger needs new signings in midfield after missing out on Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot, who is tipped to sign for AS Roma in January.