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Arsenal set to reject Newcastle United’s approach for two exciting players

Arsenal are set to offer contract extensions for two exciting players amidst interest from Newcastle United

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In a bid to secure the future of two promising academy graduates, Arsenal have ramped up contract negotiations with Reuell Walters and Amario Cozier-Duberry.

According to reports from FootballTransfers, the Gunners are determined to ward off potential suitors eyeing these talented players, as various clubs seek to tempt them away in the upcoming year.

Sources reveal that Newcastle United have shown a keen interest in Reuell Walters, with club technical director, Dan Ashworth eyeing the acquisition of some of England’s brightest young talents. 

However, Arsenal head coach, Mikel Arteta is resolute about not parting ways with Walters permanently. Instead, he remains open to a potential loan move that would facilitate Walters’ development.

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In light of Jurrien Timber’s expected return to action at the end of February, following a lengthy ACL injury sustained earlier on his Premier League debut against Nottingham Forest, Arsenal are strategically planning to ensure Walters is match-fit and ready to make a meaningful contribution in the latter part of the season. 

Reuell Walters and Amario Cozier-Duberry

Arsenal have stepped up contract negotiations with academy stars Reuell Walters and Amario Cozier-Duberry (Image credit: Getty Images)

Timber is expected to mark his comeback against Newcastle on February 24th at the Emirates Stadium.

Meanwhile, Amario Cozier-Duberry is another promising talent that Arsenal are keen on tying to fresh terms, especially with his current contract set to expire in the summer.

With injuries to several players this season, Arteta has emphasised the club’s desire to make strategic purchases in the upcoming transfer window.

Speaking before the fixture against West Ham on Thursday, Arteta highlighted the difficulties Arsenal are facing with injuries and the urgency to address the squad’s shortages. 

He stated, “At the moment, it is very difficult. We are really short. We have positions that we have been very exposed for the last six weeks, and hopefully, we are going to get players back.”

Arteta further hinted at potential targets and ideas for the transfer window, emphasising the need for flexibility and preparation considering the uncertainties surrounding the squad’s composition in the coming weeks.

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