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Lewis Holtby wanted by Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham

Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs line up to sign wantaway Schalke midfielder Holtby

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UPDATED:

10:19 GMT, 30 December 2012

Wanted man: Holtby has signalled his intention to leave Schalke

Wanted man: Holtby has signalled his intention to leave Schalke

Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby will talk with Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham in January to discuss a possible move in the summer.

The Germany Under 21 captain has refused his club's offer of a new deal and his immediate ambition is to move to the Premier League.

All three English clubs are fighting for the midfielder and will be queuing up to open talks in the new year, according to the Mirror.

The 22-year old already has British
connections; his father is English and Holtby was eligible to play for
England before he declared for his country of birth, Germany.

Schalke has been a key scouting
territory for Arsenal this season and Holtby featured in their group
stage clashes in the Champions League.

The Bundeliga outfit were hoping he would follow another Arsenal target, Holland striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar, in committing his future to the club, but board member Horst Heldt was forced to concede defeat.

Gunner get ya: Arsenal are in the hunt for Holtby's signature

Gunner get ya: Arsenal are in the hunt for Holtby's signature

'We had hoped Lewis saw his future at Schalke beyond the end of this season,' said Heldt. 'But he has made a personal decision that we respect.

'We are sure he will give everything between now and the end of the season.'

Lewis Holtby to leave Schalke: Arsenal and Liverpool on alert

Holtby could return to England on a free as Arsenal and Liverpool tells Schalke he's off

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UPDATED:

12:55 GMT, 28 December 2012

Arsenal and Liverpool have been given the green light to move in for Lewis Holtby after the Germany midfielder scrapped contract talks with Schalke.

After months of negotiations with Schalke’s board, the 22-year old midfielder announced his intention to quit the Bundesliga club, in a development that will alert a host of admirers headed by the Barclays Premier League pair.

Both Arsene Wenger and his Liverpool counterpart Brendan Rodgers have expressed an interest in him and will be keener than ever, now he can be snapped up for a knockdown fee next month or for nothing at the end of the season.

London calling London are on red alert after Schalke revealed Lewis Holtby intends to quit the German club

London calling London are on red alert after Schalke revealed Lewis Holtby intends to quit the German club

Signed from Alemannia Aachen in 2009, Holtby has developed into one of Germany’s most prominent young midfielders and was considered integral to Schalke’s hopes of challenging the likes of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga.

They were hoping he would follow another Arsenal target, Holland striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar, in committing his future to the club, but board member Horst Heldt was forced to concede defeat.

‘We had hoped Lewis saw his future at Schalke beyond the end of this season,’ said Heldt. ‘But he has made a personal decision that we respect.

Up for grabs: Holtby, who has an English father, has represented Germany three times at senior level

Up for grabs: Holtby, who has an English father, has represented Germany three times at senior level

We are sure he will give everything between now and the end of the season.’

Arsenal and Liverpool must now decide whether to battle it out over personal terms in the summer or part with a cut-price fee now to land him in the January window.

Holtby’s English father Chris is a lifelong Everton fan, and the Schalke playmaker recently admitted that he, too, has an allegiance to the Goodison Park club.

Though he chose to represent Germany at international level, rather than England, and has been capped three times since his debut against Azerbaijan 18 months ago, he has made no secret of his wish to play in the Premier League.

In demand: Holtby, who is also fancied by Liverpool, spent a successful loan spell at Mainz in 2010

In demand: Holtby, who is also fancied by Liverpool, spent a successful loan spell at Mainz in 2010

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar signs new Schalke 04 deal leaving Arsenal frustrated

Blow for Arsenal as prime target Huntelaar pens new Schalke deal

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11:10 GMT, 23 December 2012

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has disappointed Arsene Wenger by putting pen to paper on a new Schalke 04 contract.

The target-man was high on the Arsenal manager's Christmas wish-list but signed a two year extension which ties him to the club until June 2015.

The 29-year-old said: 'I have thought long and hard about this decision and I am very grateful to my managers at Schalke 04, who have have given me this time.

I'm here for this long: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar will not be moving to Arsenal

I'm here for this long: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar will not be moving to Arsenal

'But now I have made ​​the decision, in which I have the best feeling. I've always felt comfortable at Schalke, the club and its fans.

'I now want to put a positive sign, because I believe in our team and the fact that we are in the second round in the Bundesliga is a great prize. And we are in the knockout stages of the Champions League against Galatasaray.'

The striker moved to Germany from AC Milan in August 2010 and after scoring an average eight goals in the Bundesliga in his first year there, he hit 29 last season and was the top scorer.

This season he has 11 goals in 25 games for club and country and Arsenal were hoping he would continue in that fashion at the Emirates.

With just Olivier Giroud as an out-and-out striker – as well as Theo Walcott asking to play in the role – Arsenal could do with some back up.

Lukas Podolski seems more comfortable playing from a wider position while the misfiring Marouane Chamakh is not a serious option and is heading for the exit.

Not good enough: Marouane Chamakh is heading for the Emirates exit

Not good enough: Marouane Chamakh is heading for the Emirates exit

David Villa on Arsenal radar as Arsene Wenger ponders swoop for Barcelona star

EXCLUSIVE: Arsenal chase Barcelona star Villa as Wenger aims to bolster attacking options

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UPDATED:

22:04 GMT, 21 December 2012

Arsenal are exploring an audacious swoop for Barcelona striker David Villa.

And Wojciech Szczesny's future as the Gunners' first-choice goalkeeper is growing increasingly uncertain with Sunderland custodian Simon Mignolet the latest to emerge as a January target.

But it is the possible capture of Villa that will excite Arsenal fans going into the festive period.

Wanted: Arsenal could make an audacious swoop for Barcelona striker Villa

Wanted: Arsenal could make an audacious swoop for Barcelona striker Villa

Arsene Wenger and his backroom team have discussed a January swoop for Villa, a forward the Gunners boss has admired for several years.

The Gunners would rather take the 31-year-old on loan until the end of the season, with a view to a permanent deal depending on how he takes to the Premier League.

But if the price is right, Arsenal would stretch to a long term deal in January.

Keeping the bench warm: Villa has become frustrated with a lack of first-team opportunities at Barcelona

Keeping the bench warm: Villa has become frustrated with a lack of first-team opportunities at Barcelona

Sources in Spain indicate Barca could let Villa leave should he indicate a preference to depart given his lack of first-team football.

Wenger has made bolstering his strikeforce a top priority next month.

Klass-Jan Huntelaar, Adrian Lopez and Edin Dzeko all feature on Wenger's list, while Thierry Henry is expected to return for a third spell at the club.

That's handy: Henry is set for a return to Arsenal in January

That's handy: Henry is set for a return to Arsenal in January

Wenger's search for a new goalkeeper to challenge Szczesny has seen him turn to the impressive Mignolet.

The Arsenal manager is unhappy with the level of competition Szczesny has at the moment and wants an experienced keeper to push the young Pole and even replace him.

Pepe Reina, Asmir Begovic and Michel Vorm are other goalkeeping possibilities.

Approach: Arsenal are poised to make a bid for Sunderland stopper Mignolet

Approach: Arsenal are poised to make a bid for Sunderland stopper Mignolet

Szczesny is unlikely to be happy about the prospect of sitting on the bench should the new arrival push him out of the starting XI.

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace starlet Wilfried Zaha is set to decide on a move to either Manchester United or Arsenal next month.

The England international has privately set his heart on leaving Selhurst Park in January for a move to an elite top flight club.

And it is understood Zaha is weighing up solid offers from Old Trafford and the Emirates Stadium.

Thierry Henry will not join Arsenal on loan, says Gerard Houllier

Henry unlikely to join Arsenal on loan in January, says New York Red Bulls adviser Houllier

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12:23 GMT, 17 December 2012

In doubt: Henry may not join Arsenal in January

In doubt: Henry may not join Arsenal in January

New York Red Bulls global adviser Gerard Houllier has surprisingly cast doubt over Thierry Henry’s proposed move to Arsenal in January.

The French striker is expected to return on loan from the MLS club but former Liverpool and Aston Villa manager Houllier said he believes Henry will prefer to rest with his family over Christmas after his partner gave birth to a baby boy in August.

Speaking to French TV station Canal Plus, Houllier said: ‘I find it strange what we hear in the media. If Arsene needed him, he would have called me or sporting director Andy Roxburgh, but this is not the case.

‘I do not think both parties need to have this second comeback. Moreover, he became a dad. I think he will want to enjoy the holidays.’

Third time lucky: Henry has already had two separate spells at Arsenal

Third time lucky: Henry has already had two separate spells at Arsenal

Henry spent two months on loan with Arsenal last January, scoring two goals in seven appearances.

Arsenal intend to bring in another striker in January with Klaas Jan Huntelaar and Demba Ba among their targets while they also maintain strong interest in Atletico Madrid’s Adrian Lopez and Wilfried Zaha at Crystal Palace.

Thierry Henry to make Arsenal debut in FA Cup

Henry could make third Arsenal debut against Swansea in FA Cup next month

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UPDATED:

00:07 GMT, 10 December 2012

Thierry Henry is set to make his third Arsenal debut in the FA Cup clash against Swansea on January 6.

The Gunners are in advanced talks with New York Red Bulls over a loan spell that will start five days earlier.

And manager Arsene Wenger hopes Henry can feature in his side’s FA Cup third round tie.

Welcome back: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger with Thierry Henry

Welcome back: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger with Thierry Henry

A deal has been agreed in principle but the two clubs remain in discussions over the length of the loan deal.

Wenger wants Henry, 35, until the end of the season but the MLS club are reluctant to lose their striker for that period of time.

The Red Bulls would prefer to have their star striker back for the start of their season in March.

Henry will be the first January arrival at the Emirates Stadium – and Wenger hopes at least two more will follow.

Holland striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is a prime target, as is Crystal Palace whizzkid Wilfried Zaha.

Good news for Arsenal came in Jack Wilshere saying he was approaching full fitness.

'I
have got better every game. [I'm] maybe 90%,' Wilshere said. 'I'm not
sure. Every game that goes by I feel better and better fitness-wise.

'When I get up to 100% I will really show what I can do.'
That is not to say the midfielder is throwing caution to the wind during his rehabilitation.

'It's a new experience for, my first injury,” he added. “I didn't know what to expect.

Loan deal: Henry is set to join Arsenal in time for the FA Cup next month

Loan deal: Henry is set to join Arsenal in time for the FA Cup next month

'I spoke to a few players who have had long-term injuries. They said you will come back and have a good game and you think 'I am back,' then you will have another game and you are not so good.

'I think the first few games my adrenalin got me through which is why I was so up for it. Then you start to realise it is not as simple as that and things start catching up with you. Then you start to get back to your best.'

Manager Arsene Wenger expects Wilshere will be back to his best by February, which will give him time to gel with the likes of Mikel Arteta, who slotted both of Arsenal's penalties in their 2-0 win over the Baggies.

Boost: Jack Wilshere is approaching full fitness

Boost: Jack Wilshere is approaching full fitness

'He's great,' Wilshere said of Arteta. 'Tactically, his positioning is the best around. He is not the biggest lad but the amount of balls he wins in the air is good. He has adapted well.

'He's an older player and is great for the younger players. You can talk to him on the pitch and off the pitch.

'I speak to him during the game. I say “Mikel, if you want to go forward I will sit” so there is a good understanding there.

'He knows I want to go forward and get on the scoresheet but he is the same. At Everton he was our most attacking midfielder. There is a bit of both but he lets me go more than he does.'

Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham wanted Kevin Strootman

Arsenal, United and Tottenham all target 20m PSV midfielder Strootman

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UPDATED:

23:37 GMT, 2 December 2012

PSV midfielder Kevin Strootman was centre of attention during Saturday's clash against Ajax.

The Holland international was watched by Arsenal chief scout Steve Rowley and a senior Manchester United scout.

Wanted: Kevin Strootman (left) is wanted by a string of clubs in England

Wanted: Kevin Strootman (left) is wanted by a string of clubs in England

A representative from Tottenham was also at the Amsterdam Arena for the clash that Ajax won 3-1.

The 22-year-old – who has already won 15 international caps – is emerging as one of the best midfield talents in Europe.

Big money: Strootman (right) has been valued at 20million by his club

Big money: Strootman (right) has been valued at 20million by his club

And the Premier League's elite are now starting to sit up and taken notice of Strootman – who is rated at 20million.

Arsenal are also interested in Strootman's international team-mate Klass-Jan Huntelaar, who has scored 10 goals for Schalke this season.

Arsene Wenger wants Thierry Henry on loan PLUS two more players in January

Arsenal plan January splurge as Wenger confirms he wants Henry on loan plus TWO more

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19:29 GMT, 29 November 2012

Arsene Wenger has confirmed Arsenal want to sign two players in January as well as bringing back Thierry Henry for a third spell at the club.

The Gunners top four hopes are floundering having endured their worst start to a Premier League season, with fan frustrations now commonly heard ringing around Emirates Stadium on matchday.

Wenger, in his 17th season with the club, has had to face a barrage of criticism over the sale of star players almost every summer, while the quality of those bought in to replace them is often seen as insufficient.

Eyes on the marker: Arsene Wenger says Arsenal want two players next month

Eyes on the marker: Arsene Wenger says Arsenal want two players next month

However speaking to French television station Bein Sport, the 63-year-old has confirmed funds are available to strengthen when the January transfer window opens.

The return of club legend – and all-time leading goalscorer – Henry has been talked up by both parties, and in lavishing praise on the New York Red Bulls striker, Wenger confirmed efforts were underway to secure a second loan spell.

He said: 'This winter we will work very hard because we have some funds available. It could happen that we buy two players, but I cannot reveal the names.

'A loan [for Henry] is still a possibility, but we will still try to strengthen for the long term.

'Henry is the talent that you dream to have. He has fantastic physique, fantastic technique, a fantastic brain, all built together in one man. At the start he was not confident enough but he has gone on to show what a great player he is.'

Among those being chased by Arsenal are Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha and Schalke striker Klass Jan Huntelaar.

Home boy: Club legend Thierry Henry could return to Arsenal for a third spell

Home boy: Club legend Thierry Henry could return to Arsenal for a third spell

Former assistant manager Pat Rice – who still works for the club – and chief scout Steve Rowley have both watched the 20million forward in recent weeks and reported back to Wenger with glowing reviews.

Arsenal will make a starting offer of 9million when the transfer window reopens in January, but Eagles chairman Steve Parish will not let his prized-asset leave without a fight.

As for Huntelaar, the 29-year-old former Ajax, Real Madrid, and AC Milan striker has scored in both Schalke’s Champions League ties against the Gunners this season.

Former Holland striker Erik Meijer, a TV pundit whose agent Arnold Oosterveer now represents Huntelaar, believes his fellow Dutchman is bound for the Emirates in January.

‘According to the information I have, Huntelaar will be gone in the winter,’ said Meijer earlier this month. ‘Arsenal FC are the favourites to land him.’

Shopping list: Schalke's Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Wilfried Zaha are wanted

Shopping list: Schalke's Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Wilfried Zaha are wanted

Shopping list: Schalke's Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Wilfried Zaha are wanted

Wenger's coffers are still boosted
from the sale of Robin van Persie to Manchester United last summer, the
Dutchman leaving the Emirates in a 24million deal after his most
profitable season in north London.

His deflection to Old Trafford still
wrangles with fans, but Wenger insists his former captain still holds
the club close to his heart.

The Frenchman added: 'He texts me sometimes, We keep in touch. He tells me he still watches Arsenal games.'

Per Mertesacker demands quick response from Arsenal

Mertesacker demands quick response against QPR after Arsenal's double trouble

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UPDATED:

15:03 GMT, 25 October 2012

Per Mertesacker feels Arsenal must get their season back on track quickly after back-to-back defeats.

Arsenal slumped to a 2-0 home Champions League loss against Schalke on Wednesday night, their first European reverse at the Emirates Stadium since losing a semi-final second leg to Manchester United in 2009.

Gunners manager Arsene Wenger, who was serving out his three-match European touchline ban, had called for a response to Saturday's lacklustre 1-0 defeat at Norwich, which left them 10 points behind leaders Chelsea.

Third time lucky: Per Mertesacker and Arsenal are reeling after two defeats

Third time lucky: Per Mertesacker and Arsenal are reeling after two defeats

However, his men failed to deliver with only one shot on target, and that in stoppage time, as second-half goals from Klaas Jan Huntelaar and Ibrahim Afellay dented Arsenal's hopes of early qualification for the knockout stages as the German side took over at the top of Group B.

Arsenal, so impressive before the international break, have a chance for some swift redemption when Barclays Premier League bottom club QPR visit on Saturday.

German defender Mertesacker accepts things have to change again for the better – and without delay.

He said: 'We have had a difficult week, our results were kind of an accident, now we have to find our game again.

'The international break was kind of a killer for us. We have to find our strength back again quickly.

'We have the potential in us, but first we have to fight.'

Despite QPR's predicament at the foot of the table and with an appalling long-term Premier League away record, Mertesacker says there can be no complacency.

He said: 'It is the same as against Norwich, they were bottom as well and we did not find solutions against a defensive side.

'We have to learn quickly from what happened there and against Schalke. “If we do not find these solutions, it is going to be difficult both in the Premier League and the Champions League as well.

Silencer: Klaas Jan Huntelaar stunned the Gunners with Schalke's first goal

Silencer: Klaas Jan Huntelaar stunned the Gunners with Schalke's first goal

'We have the chance to come back in both, but we have to find ourselves quickly.

'It is our task now to find our self-confidence, we have great players with great potential, but at the moment you cannot feel we are a strong squad.

'So it will be good to have a game in three days so we can show our potential again.'

Despite the disappointment of successive defeats, Mertesacker maintains the mood within the group can soon be upbeat again.

The German centre-back said: 'We try to be positive in front of the next game.

'In the next training sessions we will look to get our confidence back.

'Sometimes you need one game to find your strength and qualities back, so let's do it on Saturday.'

Setback: Grant Holt scored as Norwich dumped Arsenal at the weekend

Setback: Grant Holt scored as Norwich dumped Arsenal at the weekend

Captain Thomas Vermaelen has backed the Gunners to turn their fortunes around again just as fast as they have faltered.

He said: 'It was only two or three weeks ago before the international break (that we won), so it does not mean you lose all of your quality.

'It is a bit negative at the moment because you have two disappointing results, but in football it can turn really quickly and on Saturday it can be different again.

'In these times, you have to stick together as a group, and a club. I am really positive this group has the quality to win games again.

'Every time you have an opportunity to get it straight and that is what we have to do against QPR.'

Arsenal could have England duo Theo Walcott (chest) and Kieran Gibbs (thigh) available again this weekend.

However, midfielder Jack Wilshere is unlikely to feature, with his return to first-team action following 14 months out pencilled in for next week's Capital One Cup tie at Reading.

Steve Bould admits Arsenal fans can feel frustrated

Of course the fans are frustrated! Arsenal No 2 Bould admits complaints are fair

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23:51 GMT, 24 October 2012

Arsenal assistant manager Steve Bould sympathised with disgruntled fans after Wednesday night's 2-0 Champions League defeat by Schalke at the Emirates Stadium.

Klaas Jan Huntelaar and Ibrahim Afellay capitalised on slack defending to score in the final 15 minutes in the Gunners' first home defeat in the group stage for nine years.

Angry supporters left in their droves once Afellay had put the result beyond doubt and the few that remained booed at the final whistle.

Victorious: Schalke players celebrate their win

Victorious: Schalke players celebrate their win

With manager Arsene Wenger serving the final game of a three-match touchline ban, it was left to his No 2 Bould to reflect on a highly disappointing evening.

'We've lost at home and of course they're frustrated. We are as well,' Bould said.

'We don't like losing football games, but we have to pick ourselves up and start again.

'We haven't played anything like we can – that was the big disappointment.

'We haven't performed and we lacked confidence, for whatever reason.

'It's a tough competition and Schalke are a good side who beat Dortmund at the weekend.

'They're doing really well and a 0-0 would have delighted us. We looked like we were going to get away with it for a long time.

'We looked jaded – I don't why that is. Since coming off the international break we haven't performed.

'We were very sharp against West Ham but since returning from the internationals we've been jaded.'

Arsenal were restricted to just one shot at goal in the entire match and had to wait until stoppage time for that, with substitute Serge Gnabry producing a late attempt.

But their failings in their own area were more damaging with both goals – just reward for Schalke's second-half dominance – exposing a fragile defence.

'The lack of chances isn't worrying, but it's not what we want or are accustomed to,' Bould said.

'We normally create chances and now we're not, so we need to correct that.

Lacking: Mikel Arteta and Co could not not produce anything

Lacking: Mikel Arteta and Co could not not produce anything

'Their first goal was a poor goal – a great finish, but it wasn't great for us.

'Scoring first will be a major plus for us. We've gone behind in the last five games. To keep coming back is tough. An early first goal would really help.'

Schalke now top Group B, one point above Arsenal with three matches left to play, and Bould promised an improvement against the German club on November 6.

'There are nine points left to play for. Wherever we get those points from it doesn't matter, but I'm sure we'll perform a damn sight better than tonight,' he said.

Bould revealed Theo Walcott will miss Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash with QPR due to his bruised lung.

Fair enough: Steve Bould said the fans had a right to be frustrated

Fair enough: Steve Bould said the fans had a right to be frustrated

However, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is back from a hip problem while Jack Wilshere should be available for selection.

Schalke manager Huub Stevens took no satisfaction from masterminding Arsenal's first group defeat in Europe since Inter Milan prevailed 3-0 in 2003.

'For me it's not important how Arsenal are playing, but how Schalke are playing,' he said.

'Records are not important for me. For me it's important that the team is playing well.

'In the first half we didn't play well. In the second half we played a good game. We deserved to win 2-0.'