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The Gunners are certainly expecting to be active throughout the January transfer window and Mikel Arteta has a number of transfer targets he is hoping to bring in at Arsenal

Arsenal’s priority January transfer target appears to be Shakhtar Donestsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk but a deal for the winger is proving more complicated than perhaps first thought.

The Gunners currently sit five points clear at the top of the Premier League table and some may question why manager Mikel Arteta is so desperate to bolster his options, but the importance of squad depth – especially when going up against Manchester City in a title race, cannot be understated.

With that in mind, Mirror Football has analysed the main talking points surrounding the Gunners at the moment ahead of Monday night’s FA Cup third round clash away at League One outfit Oxford United.

Arteta has put the ball back in Mudryk’s court as Arsenal continue to pursue the Shakhtar Donetsk winger, with the Gunners boss appearing to suggest it is on the player to force through an exit.

It is already emerging as one of the sagas of the window, with Mudryk flirting with Arsenal via social media on a number of occasions in recent weeks and even uploading a snap of Arteta to Instagram and labelling the Spaniard a ‘top coach’.

The Arsenal manager was asked about Arsenal’s transfer situation – and notably their pursuit of Mudryk – on Saturday and he made his stance crystal clear.

The Spaniard was pressed for comment on any updates regarding potential incomings, to which he bluntly replied: “No updates.”

But it was his follow-up comment that was more notable, with the Arsenal boss insisting: “At the end of the day, players decide where they want to play. If they want to play for our club, that is great.”

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