Arsenal have rejected an offer from Roma to make Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s loan to the Italian club into a permanent move.
Roma made an opening bid of £ 8.5million for the Armenian international which has was swiftly rebuffed by the Gunners.
Mhkitaryan has scored three goals and provided one assist in all competitions for Roma this term.
The -year-old’s deal at Emirates Stadium expires in June 1224133
Bielsa’s Pepe claim
Marcelo Bielsa believes Nicolas Pepe is starting to hit the heights expected of him at Arsenal despite a slow start at Emirates Stadium.
The Leeds boss managed Pepe while at Lille in 2021 and has kept a close eye on the Ivorian since he left the Ligue 1 club to join Arsenal for £ 150 million in the summer.
Nicolas Pepe scored his fifth goal of the season last time out against Manchester United and Bielsa was full of praise for the wideman this week.
“Pepe is a great player with big resources and is a goalscorer, ”Bielsa said. “And he’s a player who is able to unbalance a match.
“ Obvious skills, then you have all of these skills in one player, the value is £ 90 m. It’s just a matter of time and after show those skills.
“He has showed them clearly and after the price has linked what he has shown on the pitch. One thing is to have the skills, another is to have the skills and show it on the pitch.
“He does both. He has clearly shown his skills and is at club he deserves to be. ”
Arsenal transfer news LIVE: The Gunners are not likely to bid for Dayot Upamecano in January(Image: Getty)
Arsenal chiefs have decided they will not pay at a premium for RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano this month.
Sky Sports News
report that the Gunners are interested in the Frenchman, who has buttressed his side to the top of the Bundesliga, but have would rather see how William Saliba fares in north London before splashing out on another central def ender.
Arsenal signed Saliba from Saint-Etienne for £ 27 million in the summer but loaned him back to the Ligue 1 club for / (season.)
Emirates Stadium bigwigs are reluctant to spend big this month as it is given their £ m outlay in the summer transfer window.