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Arsenal line up £60 million Nabil Fekir transfer

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Arsenal are said to be in discussions to sign Lyon’s French international playmaker Nabil Fekir for £60 million in January.

The Gooners are apparently lining up 24-year-old Fekir as a replacement for either Mesut Ozil or Alexis Sanchez – both of whom are in the final months of their deals at the Emirates and look likely to leave the club, either for a cut-price in January or for nothing in the summer, according to the Daily Star.

A move would also see Fekir, who can play as a striker or in the whole, reunited with erstwhile teammate Alexandre Lacazette. He has scored 11 goals in 11 games for Lyon – currently 3rd in Ligue Un – so far this season.

However, talk of Arsenal concluding a deal in January may be premature, as Lyon will be reluctant to sell one of their star players mid-season as they are still competing for honours domestically and in Europe. He would also be cup-tied in Europe if he moved to Arsenal.

Not only this, but other clubs are known to be coveting Fekir, not least Spanish giants Barcelona, who could see him as an alternative, should Liverpool continue to refuse any overtures from them for Philippe Coutinho.

Arsenal line up move for Barcelona star

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Arsenal are preparing a move for Barcelona midfielder Rafinha in the summer transfer window, according to a report from Spain.

Brazilian Rafinha – capped twice by his country – has struggled to claim a regular spot in the Barca first team in recent years, and was heavily linked with a transfer last summer.

Arsenal have been linked with Rafinha in the past and, with it seeming likely that both Mezut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez will leave The Emirates in the summer, he could be an ideal replacement and the Gunners’ top brass are preparing to move, according to Mundo Deportivo.

Rafinha himself has previously reported as being keen on playing in the Premier League at some stage in his career.

However, Rafinha is currently recovering from knee surgery – he has yet to appear for Barca this season – so a loan move in January would make sense as he seeks to recover full match fitness and get game time.

This could be followed by a permanent move in the summer. Barcelona have a wealth of midfield talent and it could prove difficult for Rafinha to get a regular starting place, so a move away could reignite his career.

However, Arsenal may have competition for Rafinha’s signature. Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool have been linked with him in the past, as have other European clubs, such as Juventus.

Get the factz on Manchester City v Arsenal in the Premier League

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The second match in the Premier League today sees Manchester City play Arsenal. Kick-off is 2.15pm and the match is live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. Here are the factz you need to know:

* City have won just 1 of the last 7 PL matches between the sides. Arsenal have won 3.
* City have won 8 PL matches on the spin.
* Arsenal have won 10 of their last 12 matches in all competitions.
* City are averaging more than 4 goals per game at home – 21 goals in 5 matches.
* Arsenal have lost 3 of their opening 5 away matches in the PL.

Arsenal eyeing up PSV Eindhoven winger to replace Alexis Sanchez in January

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Arsenal are looking to sign PSV Eindhoven winger Hirving Lozano in the January transfer window as a replacement for Alexis Sanchez, who seems increasingly likely to leave the club.

Lozano has caught the eye this season having already scored 9 goals in the Eredivisie, having only joined the club in the summer from Pachuca for £7.04 million.

However, the 22-year-old, who already has 20 caps for Mexico, is likely to cost £30 million, as PSV’s bosses will be unlikely to allow one of their rising stars to leave for less than the release clause, according to a report by Football.London.

Lozano has previously been watched by Arsenal scouts, and is thought to also be on Manchester United’s radar. But if he keeps his early season form up, other clubs around Europe are likely to be interested in signing him.

Sanchez is known to want to leave Arsenal, with Manchester City thought a likely destination. A cut-price move could happen in January as the Gunners would like to get some money for the player, rather than see him move for nothing once his contract expires in June.

All the factz and stats for today’s 3pm Premier League kick-offs

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Arsenal v Swansea City

* Arsenal did the double over Swansea last season, winning 3-2 at the Emirates and 0-4 at the Liberty.
* Arsenal have won their past 9 matches at the Emirates, scoring 22 goals.
* Swansea are good on the road – losing just one of their last 6 and winning twice.
* This is Arsene Wenger’s 800th Premier League game in charge of the Gunners.
* Swansea have scored just 6 goals this season – only Palace have scored fewer.

Crystal Palace v West Ham United

* West Ham did the double over Palace last season: winning 0-1 at Selhurst Park and 3-0 at the London Stadium.
* Palace’s awful run continues – losing 8 of 9 matches in the PL this season.
* West Ham are yet to win away from home this season – 3 defeats and 2 draws.
* The Eagles are the only side in the PL not to keep a clean sheet yet this season.
* The Hammers start – 8 points from 9 matches – is their worst for 7 years.

Liverpool v Huddersfield Town

* This is the first league meeting between the sides since 1972, and the first in any competition since 1999.
* For all the talk of Liverpool’s defensive problems, they have conceded just once at home this season in the PL.
* The Terriers have won just 1 of their last 7 PL matches – but that victory was against Manchester United last time out.
* Liverpool have never lost consecutive matches under Juergen Klopp.
* Aaron Mooy is key for Huddersfield – he’s had a hand in 10 goals for the club this year, 4 more than any other player.

Watford v Stoke City

* Stoke did the double over Watford last season, winning 0-1 at Vicarage Road and 2-0 at the Bet365 Stadium.
* Watford have only kept one clean sheet at home this season, conceding 10 in 4 matches.
* But Stoke have the worst defensive record in the division, conceding 20 in 9 matches.
* Richarlison is Watford’s form player – with 3 goals and 2 assists this season.
* Stoke have won 1 of their last 12 away matches in the PL – losing 8 of them.

West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City

* City have dominated West Brom recently – winning the last 11 PL matches between the sides.
* West Brom haven’t won in their last 7 league matches (3 losses)
* City have dropped just two points in the league so far this season.
* But the Baggies are unbeaten at home in the league this season – 1 win and 3 draws.
* City have 32 goals so far this season – only City in 2011/12 have scored more (33) at the start of a PL season.