Arsenal news round-up: EPL rivals want youngster, AS Roma leading race, legend thinks star could leave

Promising Arsenal striker could leave Gunners during January transfer window

Coventry City manager Mark Robins heaped praise on young Arsenal forward Eddie Nketiah and even hinted at a potential loan move for the player in January after his display in the Checkatrade Trophy.

The two clubs met at the Ricoh Arena on Wednesday night and the north London giants ran out 3-0 winners.

It was Eddie Nketiah himself, who was a second-half substitute, who netted the second goal of the game.

Speaking to Coventry Live after the match, Robins could not help but admire the level of quality that ex-Arsenal Freddie Ljungberg has at his disposal.

“They had the option to bring on Eddie Nketiah who you can see has outstanding movement and ability, and he’s one that you would not hesitate to take. He’s a really good, talented footballer and a lot them are players who you would say you’d be interested in if they became available.”

Eddie was heavily involved in the Gunners squad during pre-season but is yet to break through at the Emirates Stadium at the tender age of 19.

The England youth international star is also yet to get his first taste of senior-team football at a senior level, something Arsenal may look to change for the sake of Eddie’s development sooner rather than later.

Arsenal keen on 28-year-old central midfielder but Serie A giants in pole position

Arsenal are reportedly prepared to rival Roma in the battle for Porto versatile midfielder Hector Herrera, although the Serie A giants are said to be leading the race to land the Mexico international.

According to Corriere dello Sport, there are a host of clubs showing interest in Hector with a view to a free transfer, as his contract with the Portuguese giants is poised to expire at the end of the campaign.

The Italian publication said Giallorossi are at the head of the queue to land the 28-year-old star and Herrera is content with the package the Serie A outfit have provisionally put in front of him.

The north London club are reported to be among those interested, although Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona are also linked with the Porto midfielder.

Additionally, according to Marco Ruiz of Diario AS, Real Madrid also have the El Tri key man on their radar as a result of his performances at the FIFA World Cup.

Ruiz noted reports in Portugal said Hector met with Los Blancos coach Julen Lopetegui in Porto recently. The player worked under the manager during his 18-month stint in the Primeira Liga.

Former Arsenal defender thinks Premier League duo will try to land Gunners star

Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn thinks a number of the Premier League’s top clubs will fight it out for Gunners midfielder Aaron Ramsey’s signature if Wales international decides not to sign a contract extension with the club.

Aaron is in the final year of his current contract with the north London giants, meaning he could leave the club for nothing at the end of the season

Reports suggest he’s in negotiations over extending his contract, but for now, it’s still a very real possibility that he doesn’t. Nigel thinks there will be no shortage of admirers in that scenario.

“With less than a year remaining on his contract, Ramsey is in a very strong negotiating position and is also a very attractive proposition for a lot of big clubs around Europe,” Nigel told Sportingbet.

“I think Manchester United and Chelsea will both battle it out to sign him if they feel he is seriously considering leaving Arsenal.

“I think Ramsey isn’t committing to a new Arsenal contract because he wants to see where they finish this season. With a new manager coming in, there’s a lot of uncertainty around the club and I would probably do the same.