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One Arsenal transfer target was missing from matchday squad

As the January transfer window edges to a close, one Arsenal target was absent from his club’s matchday squad earlier today.

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta v Fulham
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Being careful that they are compliant with current Financial Fair Play rulings, Arsenal are yet to make an incoming transfer this window.

However, as the final days approach for Premier League sides to make their final deals, David Ornstein from The Athletic has reported that the Gunners are one of a few Premier League sides interested in Leicester City’s Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall.

The midfielder has registered nine goals and nine assists respectively in the Championship this season, and has caught the eye of Roberto De Zerbi and Brighton, who are reported frontrunners in the race to secure the Englishman’s signature.

Earlier today, Leicester secured a convincing 3-0 victory over fellow Championship outfit, Birmingham City. Leicester boss, Enzo Maresca, seemingly believed his side could progress to the third round of the FA Cup without their top goalscorer and assister, as Dewsbury-Hall was absent from the matchday squad.

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When questioned after the game, Maresca explained, “The reason why he was not in squad is because we gave him, Harry Winks and Jannik [Vestergaard] a rest for Tuesday’s game.”

When asked if he was confident that he could retain the midfielder, he added, “This is a question for the club, not for me, we have talked about the transfer window for sure, but it’s not a question for me.”

Now that Thomas Partey has returned from injury, Arteta has multiple midfield options to his disposal, so it would make sense that Arsenal would prioritise other targets and weak areas in the squad.

Following Arsenal’s inability to score in the latter half of December, fans and pundits were calling for Arsenal to invest in a striker to push their title hopes, but as each day goes by, a convincing goalscorer looks less likely to join the north Londoners.

Fellow Premier League sides, Fulham and Brentford, are also keen on the player, and will look to rival the Seagulls in enticing the player to join their respective sides.

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