Hull City have entered the fray to sign Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo this month, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Arsene Wenger is reportedly keen to see Sanogo move to a Premier League side during the winter window, despite French side Bordeaux being the club most keen on bringing him in.
In part, it must be assumed that this is so Wenger can guarantee his young striker gets the required Premier League experience, aiding in his transition to the English game, something that he has struggled with since joining the Gunners on a free transfer.
Aside from Hull, another Premier League team thought to be interested in signing Sanogo are Alan Pardew’s new club, Crystal Palace.
The Eagles are lacking firepower, and Sanogo would undoubtedly get plenty of action there.
With a trio of reasonable options on the table for Sanogo, it will be interesting to see which club he chooses to spend the rest of the season with.
Arsenal youngster Hector Bellerin has praised his side’s solidity after the 2-0 victory against Hull City in the third round of the FA Cup, as reported by arsenal.com.
The Gunners were hardly troubled by Hull’s forward line in the game on Sunday, and went ahead 20 minutes into the clash through a Per Mertesacker header, converting from an Alexis Sanchez corner kick.
Provider turned goalscorer towards the end of the match, with Sanchez scoring late on to secure progress to the fourth round of the competition.
Bellerin has been used regularly this season by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, in the wake of the injury crisis suffered by his defence, and he has impressed in the right back role.
“We were very solid at the back so we weren’t scared at any moment,” Bellerin said.
“The team defended really well and then we were confident when we went forward and created our chances. We got two goals and it was a really good performance by the team.
“It’s good because we had two young players at the back as well. It’s good that we can show as well that we can defend and that the team can still be really secure with us there.
“We need to defend from the front and everyone was trying to get the ball as soon as possible, and I think the team did that really well.”
The Gunners have been less than impressive thus far in the Premier League, with the loss against Southampton last week speaking for their struggles defensively.
They confirmed the departure of Lukas Podolski to Inter Milan on Monday.
Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker believes that his side deserved the win against Hull City in the FA Cup on Sunday, as reported by Arsenal.com.
The German international featured as the Gunners managed a 2-0 victory against the Humberside team, a game that was a repeat of last season’s FA Cup final.
Unlike that tie, however, Hull offered little threat in front of goal, and Arsenal bossed proceedings in the first half.
They were rewarded when Mertesacker himself converted from an Alexis Sanchez corner kick.
Sanchez, as he has often done this season, then wrapped things up for the north London side, securing an important win that sees them progress to the fourth round.
Mertesacker, who captained Arsenal in the game, believes that the result was nothing less than his side deserved after a series of shaky displays in the weeks prior to the game.
He also revealed that Sanchez’s strike settled their nerves.
“We have good memories when I think about Wembley and then today,” Mertesacker said. “It was a tough fight until the end but we deserved it.
“In the first half it could have been three or four-nil. Then Alexis scored and we were relieved.
“The second goal was a big relief for the players and he’s a massive threat to any team. We’re delighted with his performances and we need to keep him fit.
“We were composed and deserved it. I’m proud of our team because no matter who’s playing we stick together.”