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Arsenal to talk with Southampton about Luke Shaw transfer

EXCLUSIVE: Arsenal step up pursuit of 5m-rated Shaw with talks to be held TODAY

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UPDATED:

22:24 GMT, 31 December 2012

If Arsene Wenger has anything to do with it, Luke Shaw will be Arsenal’s next Saint.

Gunners officials will use New Year's Day's trip to St Mary’s to hold talks with Southampton in their attempts to land the 17-year-old left back.

Arsenal will make an offer for Shaw this month and it is hoped Tuesday’s discussions will pave the way for the club to end their two-year quest to land the latest jewel to emerge from Southampton’s ultra-productive academy.

Shaw thing: Luke Shaw has been tipped to be better than Gareth Bale

Shaw thing: Luke Shaw has been tipped to be better than Gareth Bale

'We produce some technically-gifted players but not as many as Southampton,' said Wenger. 'It is exceptional what they have done. The three wingers [Gareth Bale, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott] and Luke Shaw, that is a good way to study what they have done.

'The question of Southampton’s academy set-up is a very good one because they have done a fabulous job.

'Why It is down to the quality of their scouting, the quality of their coaching and education. They have fantastic scouting.'

Wenger and his chief scout Steve
Rowley knew they had to have Shaw – tipped to be even better than Bale –
as soon as they first saw him.

Arsenal saw a summer offer rejected by Saints chairman Nicola Cortese,
who knows the youngster will soon be worth a small fortune. Chelsea, are
also keen.

Whether he can resist Arsenal’s
advances this month remains to be seen, but what is for certain is that
Shaw is an England regular in the making.

Should Shaw arrive at the Emirates Stadium, he will not be short of a friendly face willing to take him under their wing.

Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain both make emotional first returns to the club that gave them their big break on Tuesday.

The elder of the two's impact on the Gunners has been well-documented this season – but his fellow former Saint has had to bide his time.

Saints made it easy: Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have both taken the step into international football after moving to Arsenal from their first club Southampton

Saints made it easy: Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have both taken the step into international football after moving to Arsenal from their first club Southampton

An exceptional first campaign with Arsenal resulted in him gatecrashing England’s Euro 2012 squad. But only now are we starting to see the form that persuaded Roy Hodgson to take a punt on Oxlade-Chamberlain in the summer.

The 19-year-old was excellent in Saturday’s win over Newcastle, scoring his first Premier League goal of the season in the 7-3 win.

And his return to the form that made him England’s joker in the pack last summer does not surprise his manager, who insists he knew Oxlade-Chamberlain would be a top player the minute he set eyes on him.

‘The first time I watched him was on tape, he was at that level where he played he looked lightning quick and a good dribbler as well and we like that,’ said Wenger.

‘I had enthusiastic reports about him and we sent different people and everybody said he is something special.

‘When I saw him you could see in his movement and first touch that he had something special. ‘

Arsenal weighing up January move for Simon Mignolet from Sunderland

Arsenal weighing up January move for Sunderland's Mignolet as back-up for Szczesny

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UPDATED:

14:49 GMT, 23 December 2012

Arsenal are calculating a January bid for Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, to give Arsene Wenger the back-up he needs.

First-choice at the Emirates, Wojciech Szczesny, is still one of Wenger’s favourites, but the Gunners boss has lost confidence in bench-warmers Lukasz Fabianski and Vito Mannone.

Fabianski is free to seek a new club in January and while Mannone has presented competition for Szczesny, may opt to find first-team football elsewhere.

Target: Sunderland's Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is wanted by Arsenal

Target: Sunderland's Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is wanted by Arsenal

Still No 1: Wojciech Szczesny is still considered to be the first choice keeper at Arsenal

Still No 1: Wojciech Szczesny is still considered to be the first choice keeper at Arsenal

Wenger is believed to be prepared to lodge 5million for Mignolet, who is likely to be a more cost-effective target than preferred custodian, Liverpool’s Pepe Reina.

The Belgian has made 18 appearances this season, kept six clean sheets and is said to be a target for Chelsea.

Arsenal reserve stopper Damian Martinez has been singled out by Wenger as a key prospect and will be promoted to become the first team’s No 3, potentially creating a very attractive second-choice place.

Chief scout Steve Rowley has ruled out bidding for Wigan’s Ali Al-Habsi and Asmir Begovic of Stoke, on the grounds of their erratic and inconsistent performances.

Klass-Jan Huntelaar, Wilfried Zaha, Thierry Henry and Pepe Reina on Arsenal transfer list

Wenger ready to make Huntelaar top of his Klaas … with Henry, Zaha and Reina set to follow as Arsenal boss bids to save season

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UPDATED:

21:55 GMT, 3 December 2012

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants to sign Schalke goalscorer Klass-Jan Huntelaar next month and he could be available for a cut-price 6million.

The Holland international has been watched extensively by Arsenal scouts during the opening weeks of the season.

Manager Wenger is a long-term admirer of the 29-year-old striker and has tried to sign Huntelaar in the past.

Different Klass: Wenger is an admirer of the Schalke forward and is plotting a 6m move in January

Different Klass: Wenger is an admirer of the Schalke forward and is plotting a 6m move in January

The Frenchman has received glowing feedback from his European network of spies regarding the former Real Madrid striker.

And after discussions with influential chief scout Steve Rowley, the Arsenal manager has made a firm decision to make an offer for the centre forward when the transfer window reopens.

Wenger has been told there are substantial funds to spend on signings and a portion of the kitty has already been assigned to the Huntelaar move. Huntelaar's current deal expires at the end of the season.

Thierry Henry

Wilfried Zaha

Targets: Thierry Henry could sign for the north London club for a third time while Wenger is tracking Zaha

But Wenger will not be the only manager in the mix for the big forward, with Liverpool and Tottenham both continuing to be kept updated on his future.

Schalke are still trying to tie Huntelaar down on fresh terms, while it has also been suggested that he could look for a lucrative free transfer at the end of the season.

The German club are understood to be aware of Arsenal's interest in their star striker, who has scored two Champions League goals against the Gunners this season.

Interest: Reina is thought to be Wenger's first choice

Interest: Reina is thought to be Wenger's first choice

Wenger will also look to tie up a loan deal for Thierry Henry and make a 9m starting bid for Crystal Palace wonder kid Wilfried Zaha.

The club are also in the market for a new goalkeeper, with Liverpool's Pepe Reina thought to be Wenger's first choice.

Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham wanted Kevin Strootman

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

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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.'

Arsenal transfer latest: Wilfried Zaha, Charlie Austin, Liam Trotter and Will Hughes scouted

Revealed: Zaha, Austin, Hughes and Trotter – the four stars Arsenal scouted last week

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11:39 GMT, 13 November 2012

Arsenal spied on four of the Football League's most promising stars on Saturday.

Liam Trotter, Charlie Austin, Will Hughes and Wilfried Zaha – a quartet of England's best emerging talent outside the top-flight – were the subject of Arsenal's attentions last weekend.

Influential chief scout Steve Rowley attended Millwall's 2-1 win over Derby at the Den to cast his eye over Trotter and Hughes.

In demand: Arsenal have scouts watching Wilfried Zaha

Hot shot: Burnley striker Charlie Austin

In demand: Arsenal have scouts watching Zaha and Burnley's Charlie Austin (R)

Gunners spies have kept close tabs on Lions' box-to-box midfielder Trotter from the start of last season, with his performances this term earning rave reviews.

Rams midfielder Hughes, 17, has been hailed as a future England international and has made 15 starts for Nigel Clough's side this season as well as breaking into Stuart Pearce's Under-21 set-up.

Meanwhile, a senior Gunners spy ran the rule over Burnley goal-machine Charlie Austin in the Clarets' 2-1 defeat against Ipswich.

Wanted: Derby ace Will Hughes

Interest: Millwall midfielder Liam Trotter

Wanted: Derby ace Will Hughes and Millwall's Liam Trotter are also being tracked

Austin, 23, has scored 20 goals in just 18 appearances for the Lancashire club this season.

The Gunners have found the lower leagues a productive talent pool in recent years with the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and Carl Jenkinson all plucked from either the Championship or League One.

Plans: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants to bolster his squad in the January transfer window

Plans: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants to bolster his squad in the January transfer window

Arsenal want Andre Schurrle and Lewis Holtby

Arsenal preparing moves for German international duo Schurrle and Holtby

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08:11 GMT, 1 November 2012

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has turned his attention to the Bundesliga once more as he looks to bolster his under-performing squad.

As exclusively revealed by Sportsmail earlier this week, Wenger has decided to expand his German scouting network and he has sent chief scout Steve Rowley to implement his plans.

The club already have four Germans on their books in the shape of internationals Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker and youngsters Serge Gnabry and Thomas Eisfeld.

Class act: Schurrle (left) is rated among the best young forwards in Europe

Class act: Schurrle (left) is rated among the best young forwards in Europe

Now, Caught Offside are reporting that Leverkusen forward Andre Schurrle has joined Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby – a long-term target – on Wenger's wishlist.

Schurrle,
a member of Germany's Euro 2012 squad, is a versatile forward capable
of playing out wide or through the middle.

He was subject to a failed
20million bid from Chelsea in August and Leverkusen are likely to want at least that amount next summer.

Wenger
is keen to add to his attacking options with doubts remaining over the
futures of Theo Walcott and Marouane Chamakh and the 21-year-old fits
the bill perfectly.

Bargain: Lewis Holtby is available on a free transfer at the end of the season

Bargain: Lewis Holtby is available on a free transfer at the end of the season

Holtby, meanwhile, is out of contract at the end of the season and impressed Wenger during Schalke's 2-0 win at the Emirates in the Champions League earlier this month.

The 22-year-old, who has two caps for Germany, has an English father and earlier this week his agent revealed Premier League clubs had been in contact regarding a summer move.

'Lewis is very good at Schalke but above all there is an English club which has made a very interesting proposal,' Markus Noack told calciomercato.com.

Liverpool are also thought to be interested in Holtby, an Everton fan.

Arsenal watch Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha

Arsenal send scout to watch Palace star Zaha as they weigh up January move

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07:12 GMT, 29 October 2012

Arsenal have upped their interest in Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha after watching him at the weekend.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger’s chief scout Steve Rowley watched Zaha in Palace’s 2-1 win at Leicester.

Zaha has been in good form this season and has already netted four goals this term.

Keeping tabs: Arsenal watched Wilfried Zaha at the weekend

Keeping tabs: Arsenal watched Wilfried Zaha at the weekend

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Palace managed to hold onto Zaha in the summer but are likely to receive more interest in the 19-year-old when the transfer window re-opens in January.

The forward's form has also brought interest from Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea, but the Palace owners will be keen to hold onto one of their prize assets after insisting earlier this month that Zaha is not for sale.

Roberto Martinez tops Tottenham"s shortlist

Martinez tops Tottenham's shortlist but transfers will be decided by committee

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20:30 GMT, 16 June 2012

Roberto Martinez will have to work with a transfer committee who decide on player recruitment if he takes over as Tottenham boss, with former star Tim Sherwood about to be made director of football as part of the new set up.

Transfers will be decided by a committee headed by chairman Daniel Levy and would include Sherwood, the new manager and another executive, who Spurs are still trying to recruit and whose expertise would be identifying new talent.

Transfers by committee: Daniel Levy (left) will oversee all transfers should Roberto Martinez (right) arrive at White Hart Lane

White Hart favourite: Roberto Martinez

Transfers by committee: Daniel Levy (left) will oversee all transfers should Roberto Martinez (right) arrive at White Hart Lane

Arsenal chief scout Steve Rowley was considered for that role but is expected to stay at Emirates Stadium.

Such a structure is likely to be unappealing to Everton manager David Moyes, who is likely to rule himself out following the departure of Harry Redknapp.

But Spurs were thinking of Martinez last month when they began recruiting for the transfer committee and the Spaniard is expected to be approached. Ralf Rangnick, the former Schalke coach, is also being promoted as a candidate, along with former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas.

All should be comfortable with such a system though Martinez was understood to have been reluctant to work with Louis van Gaal as sporting director when he discussed joining Liverpool.

However, he may think Sherwood is a more favourable partner.

Rangnick has not coached since quitting Schalke last September due to exhaustion.

He is ready to return and was interviewed for the West Brom job. Villas-Boas has impressed Levy but it would be a risk to appoint a man who lost the Chelsea dressing room.

Leigh 12 Leeds 60

Leigh 12 Leeds 60: Sinfield stars as Rhinos charge into Challenge Cup semi-finals

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22:59 GMT, 11 May 2012

Kevin Sinfield claimed a 28-point haul as Leeds cruised into the Challenge Cup semi-finals for the 17th time in 20 years.

The Rhinos captain has won five Super League Grand Finals during his career but has yet to taste success in rugby league’s oldest competition.

But two tries and 10 goals from as many attempts highlighted his determination to finally get their hands on the sport’s most famous trophy after back-to-back Wembley defeats.

Main man: Kevin Sinfield helped Leeds into the last four of the Challenge Cup

Main man: Kevin Sinfield helped Leeds into the last four of the Challenge Cup

Rhinos assistant coach James Lowes said: ‘Kevin was fantastic, but he’s been really good all season. After last year it means everything to us to still have a chance of Wembley.

‘We asked the boys to try to play some stuff in the first half that didn’t quite work, but we were bang on in the second half. We were pretty ruthless.’

Centurions battled during an industrious first half-hour, trailing only 12-6 after a mixture of stern defence and frequent off-loads had seen the part-timers land plenty of their own blows during the early exchanges.

But tries for Ben Jones-Bishop and Ryan Hall just before the break gave Leeds an 18-point buffer and ended the hosts’ hopes of a repeat of their shock 1971 Wembley triumph over Leeds.

Danny McGuire and Brent Webb had both scored from early Sinfield kicks in the opening quarter, before Sinfield turned finisher with a second-half double.

Rob Burrow, Shaun Lunt, Lee Smith and Hall’s 90-metre interception completed the rout, with Leigh touching down through Tommy Goulden and Gregg McNally.

Centurions coach Paul Rowley said: ‘It’s a cruel sport. I don’t think we deserved that scoreline.’