12noon Arsenal news: Denis Suarez on the cheap, defensive crisis and Florian Grillitsch battle

Read all this and more transfer gossip, plus the latest news from the Emirates.

DEN-GUN

ARSENAL have been offered Barcelona's Denis Suarez for just £14m in Janaury with a view to replace the outgoing Aaron Ramsey.

The ex-Man City midfielder has struggled for game time at the Catalan giants, playing just 11 minutes this season.

GUNNING FOR SAINTS

ARSENAL are facing a defensive crisis for their trip to Southampton – with Laurent Koscielny the only senior centre-back available.

The Frenchman has recently returned from injury, but the Gunners have Sokratis, Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding and Konstantinos Mavropanos all absent.

GRILL THRILL

ARSENAL will face a fight with local rivals Spurs for Hoffenheim midfielder Florian Grillitsch.

The Austrian has impressed in Bundesliga and Champions League with 23-year-old linked with a move to London.

TOR DE FARCE

LUCAS TORREIRA has been receiving plaudits from around the footballing world after playing a key role in Arsenal's revival under Unai Emery.

But not everyone is convinced just yet with Paul Merson saying the midfielder is overrated and wouldn't get into any top four team.

THEY THINK IT'S PULLOVER

PREMIER LEAGUE stars got into the festive spirit by putting on their Christmas jumpers for charity.

Arsenal ace Alexandre Lacazette joined in with the fun as Chelsea forward Eden Hazard proved he is a true blue with his incredible choice of knitwear.

SAKA'S NAP HAND

ARSENAL starlet Bukayo Saka has revealed the secret to his impressive full debut for the club – his mum and dad sent him to bed early.

Teenage winger Saka shone as he made his first start for the Gunners in their Europa League clash with Qarabag on Thursday night.

DON'T JACKET IN, LAURENT

LAURENT KOSCIELNY needed help from Matteo Guendouzi and Alexandre Lacazette to put on his coat after the skipper's return to the Gunners last night.

The simple task turned into a three man job with the players joking around during their 1-0 win against Qarabag.

EU ARE TOO GOOD

ARSENAL are expected to win the Europa League, as they are ‘too good’ for the competition, Qarabag manager Gurban Gurbanov claimed.

Qarabag were beaten 1-0 by Arsenal at the Emirates last night with Alexandre Lacazette’s first-half strike the decider.

STATS AMAZING

MANCHESTER UNITED and Arsenal have spent less time in winning positions than West Ham and Brighton this season despite being higher than them in the Premier League table.

The Red Devils have spent only 397 minutes in winning positions whilst for The Gunners it's just 351.

GUNNERS' EUROPA LEAGUE VERDICT

WHEN Arsenal spent £390million on the Emirates stadium it was never for nights like this.

The fallow years Arsene Wenger toughed out, missing out on big-money transfers and trophies so the club could build a new home were supposed to bring giant rewards.

GERMAN CLUBS HOVER FOR VONTAE

ARSENAL youngster Vontae Daley-Campbell had four Bundesliga scouts watching him in action last night as he stepped out for the youth team.

As the young Gunners beat Northampton Town 2-0 in an FA Youth Cup tie, the right back had the chance to make a name for himself.

MEGA-MONEY MIG MOVE

ARSENAL and Newcastle United will need to bid at least £30million to sign Miguel Almiron from Atlanta United.

The Paraguay international played a central role in The Five Stripes winning the MLS Cup in just their second season as a franchise.

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