1pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi wanted, Areta to perusade Aubameyang stay, and Man Utd Mertens fight – The Sun

MIKEL ARTETA's Arsenal head to Bournemouth as they look for their first win under the Spaniard.

Everton frustrated the Gunners in a 0-0 draw at the weekend, but this game on the South Coast will be the first time that Arteta takes to the dugout.

Meanwhile, Arsenal have received a transfer boost in their hunt for Dries Mertens, after the Napoli striker teased his exit from the Italian city.

And the Gunners could move for Wilfred Ndidi in a massive £40m-plus-Granit Xhaka deal.

Follow all the latest transfer gossip and updates from the Emirates below…

  • KONSTANTINOS MAVROPANOS could be the unlikely short-term solution to the Gunners' defensive woes.

    The likes of David Luiz, Shkodran Mustadi, Sokratis and Calum Chambers have been woeful this season.

    And forgotten man Mavropanos could be handed a chance to impress, having mainly featured for the under-23s since returning from a troublesome groin injury.

    Mike Arteta's a side, currently sitting in the bottom half, travel to Bournemouth on Boxing Day.

  • DANI CEBALLOS has finally returned to Arsenal training this week.

    The Spaniard has been missing since the Europa League match at Vitoria on November 6.

    But could now return.

    Long-term absentees Sead Kolasinac, Kieran Tierney and Rob Holding will definitely miss out against Bournemouth on Boxing Day.

    And Gabriel Martinelli is being assessed.

  • ARSENAL have revealed that Hector Bellerin has returned to full training.

    The Spanish full-back has been struggling with a thigh injury recently.

    And with Ainsley Maitland-Niles an unconvincing deputy, new boss Arteta will be delighted to have Bellerin back for the festive fixtures.

  • PATRICK VIEIRA has denied holding talks with Arsenal over the recently vacant manager’s job.

    The Gunners confirmed Mikel Arteta as their new boss on Friday after the Spaniard left his role as No2 to Pep Guardiola at Man City.

    Arsenal head of football Raul Sanllehi claimed he and technical director Edu had interviewed ‘several top-class candidates’ which their ex-captain Vieira believed to be one.

    But the Frenchman, who is currently in charge of Nice in his homeland, insists he never spoke to anyone from the North London club.

    When quizzed by Canal Football Club, He said: “No. It's flattering seeing your name everywhere but I am under contract with Nice.

    “I have known since I arrived how lucky I am to be involved with this club's project.

    “I don't have any intention or desire to go and look elsewhere.”

  • ARSENAL defender Calum Chambers has revealed what new boss Mikel Arteta said to the squad at half-time in the 0-0 draw with Everton.

    The Spaniard was watching on as Freddie Ljungberg took charge of team affairs for the last time.

    Chambers said: “He said that we put into play what he wanted from us.

    “The message before the game was be brave, take responsibility and work hard for each other. We did that on the pitch.

    “He said afterwards it’s a good start and there’s things to work on. He was proud of the way we worked and how we worked hard.”

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