Morning, Arsenal fans
Arsenal star Gabriel Jesus sat out training – as Chelsea were linked with a shock move for Gabriel Martinelli.
Jesus picked up a knock in Sunday’s 3-2 defeat of Liverpool but was expected to be rested anyway for tonight’s Europa League visit to Bodo/Glimt.
Gunners’ boss Mikel Arteta is tipped to make up to nine changes to keep his Prem table-toppers fresh for the trip to Leeds on Sunday.
In-form wideman Martinelli could start as one of three attack-minded players operating just behind Jesus’ probable replacement up front, Eddie Nketiah.
But it’s claimed Chelsea are monitoring the 21-year-old, whose contract runs out in 2024.
The Blues would face a huge battle to land a starlet linking up so well with fellow Brazilian Jesus.
Martinelli has insisted he wants to stay at the Emirates for the long haul.
But how much he is offered in his next deal might be a factor.
Marseille loanee Nuno Tavares admits he wanted an option to buy included in his summer exit from the Emirates.
And the Portugal Under-21 left-back has hinted he hopes to stay – after notching three goals in nine Ligue 1 games.