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Arsenal set £60m price tag for ‘remarkable’ target amid Arteta concern for star player

A round-up of the latest Arsenal news as Mikel Arteta has a concern about Ben White and receives an update on his interest in Ivan Toney’s January transfer from Brentford.

Mikel Arteta is concerned about Arsenal defender Ben White

Gunners boss Arteta is concerned about the defensive abilities White has shown for Arsenal this season. That is according to Football Transfers, which reports that the Spaniard wants to sign a new right-back. He has also placed Bayer Leverkusen’s Jeremie Frimpong as a target.

Arteta established White as his number-one full-back last term with Takehiro Tomiyasu often sidelined due to an injury. But the Spaniard has gained concerns about Whites’ suitability for the position. So, he has asked the Emirates Stadium outfit to now strive to improve the role.

White has started in 12 of Arsenal’s 15 Premier League matches so far this season after also suffering a knee injury. The 26-year-old started in nine of his games as Arteta’s right-back. He also returned to the XI at Luton Town on Tuesday night and assisted Gabriel Jesus’s goal.

AC Milan believe Mikel Arteta will let Jakub Kiwior leave Arsenal

Serie A giants AC Milan believe Arsenal boss Arteta will let Jakub Kiwior leave north London in the January transfer window. That is according to Gazzetta dello Sport, which reports that the 23-year-old is the Rossoneri’s top target to improve Stefano Pioli’s defence next month.

San Siro chiefs are desperate to add Kiwior as Pioli will immediately establish the centre-half as a starter following a hamstring injury for Malick Thiaw. AC Milan also rate the Poland star highly from his time at Spezia and believe he can now return to his best by returning to Italy.

Furthermore, AC Milan believe Kiwior can settle at San Siro quickly after joining Arsenal in a mid-season transfer last January. Yet despite him moving to the Gunners for £17.5m, plus up to £3.5m in add-ons, Arteta will not block the 19-cap enforcer from a transfer if he wants it.

AC Milan will start negotiations with Arsenal with the view of signing Kiwior in a permanent transfer. But the Rossoneri will target a loan deal, likely with the option to buy, if they feel it is more likely to succeed. The Gunners are expected to favour a temporary move in January.

Read more about AC Milan’s interest in Kiwior’s transfer from Arsenal, here.

Brentford striker Ivan Toney wants to seal a transfer to Arsenal

Arsenal can still sign Toney from Brentford for £60m in the January transfer window. That is according to the Mirror, which also reports that the 27-year-old wants to agree on a switch to Emirates Stadium. He is keen to become a Gunners player once back from his suspension.

Toney can resume playing on January 18 following his eight-month ban for breaking the FA’s betting rules. He also hopes to make that return in north London. And while the Bees do not want to sell him, they will still accept £60m. Sky Sports had suggested he may cost £100m.

Brentford aim to drive a hard bargain as Toney has kept admirers like Arsenal after a brilliant season last term. The forward, whom Bees boss Thomas Frank calls ‘remarkable’, scored 20 goals over 33 Premier League games. Toney also made his senior England debut this March.

Read more about Arsenal’s interest and Toney’s stance on a transfer, here.

Mikel Arteta must ‘live and die’ by his decision to sign David Raya

Shay Given believes Arteta must ‘live and die’ by the Arsenal manager’s decision to replace Aaron Ramsdale with David Raya. The tactician signed his Spanish compatriot on loan from Brentford this August. He then quickly established Raya as the Gunners’ No1 in September.

But Raya is yet to prove he is an upgrade on Ramsdale having had a flurry of nervy displays. The 28-year-old has been unconvincing with the ball and as a shot-stopper. Raya was also at fault for two of Luton’s goals in Arsenal’s 4-3 win but Given wants Arteta to stick with him.

“I felt really sorry for Ramsdale if I’m being brutally honest,” Given told the Daily Star. “Not taking anything away from Raya, I think he’s a top keeper, as well. But what’s the saying, if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.

“I believe that last year, Ramsdale was one of the reasons they were challenging for the Premier League because he’s a top goalkeeper. So, it was a strange one to bring [Raya] in. But [Arteta’s] made that decision and you know, he’s got to live and die by that.”

Read more about what Given has had to say about Arteta and Raya at Arsenal, here.

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