Arsenal news LIVE: Arteta gives Mari update after AC Milan blow, PSV react
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Arsenal face Nottingham Forest at the Emirates with Alexander Zinchenko facing a late fitness test as he continues to struggle with a calf injury.
Gabriel Magalaes also limped off in Thursday’s defeat at PSV Eindhoven and is a doubt, while Emil Smith Rowe (groin), Matt Turner (groin) and Mohamed Elny (hamstring) are all sidelined.
Forest, on the other hand, could have Lewis O’Brien back as he recovers from illness, but Moussa Niahate (hamstring) and Omar Richards (foot) are still out.
Meanwhile, Shakhtar Donetsk have dealt a transfer blow to Arsenal by announcing that Mykhailo Mudric is valued at over £85m.
That means Mudric will cost more than what Manchester United splashed out on Antony, who moved to Old Trafford from Ajax for £85m.
Shakhtar deputy sporting director Carlo Nicolini told Calciomercato: “Along with Kylian Mbappe, Rafa Leao and Vinicius Jnr, Mudric is the strongest player in his role.
“Is £35m enough to buy him? We don’t talk about those figures, even £45 million, we don’t even call the president to make the offer.
“We value Mudric more than United’s Antoni – £85m. Wandering between Arsenal and Man City? These are two teams that are showing interest in the player.
“But there are other clubs who can spend immediately. We are not obliged to sell, we do not want to lose phenomena. We don’t want to shoot figures that aren’t realistic.
“But in this team he is the most decisive. If you want to get certain players who make the difference at the top clubs, you also need the right money.”
And Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers admits he is prepared for a January raid on Youri Tielemans.
Arsenal have been linked with Tielemans, 25, since it emerged he has refused to sign a lucrative new contract.
Only foreign clubs can open negotiations or take the midfielder on a free transfer in January after he enters the final six months of his contract due to FA rules.
However, any move from Europe could prompt a backlash from the Gunners, who could look to sign the Belgium international for a knock-down fee in January.
Finally, Arsenal loanee Pablo Mari will return to football two months after being stabbed in a knife attack.
Mari, 29, is beginning his recovery after Thursday’s horrific knife attack in Italy.
The centre-back was stabbed in the back while shopping with his wife and child – one person was tragically killed in the attack and five others were injured.
The Spaniard will be out for two months as he rests after the traumatic event