4pm Arsenal news: Gunners join race for Lyon star Houssem Aouar, and Lionel Messi scuppering Ousmane Dembele transfer

Danny Welbeck is ruled out of action for the foreseeable future so Unai Emery could be tempted to dip into the market.

Read this and more with the latest news, gossip and updates from the Emirates Stadium.

RAMSEY REPLACEMENT?

ARSENAL are the latest club to have put tabs on Houssem Aouar as they look for a potential replacement for departing Aaron Ramsey.

The Lyon midfielder is a wanted man across Europe thanks to his impressive form of late, but Arsenal want to have first refusal on the hotshot as they look to fill a void.

NO MESSI BREAK UP

ARSENAL'S hopes of signing Ousmane Dembele looked to have been scuppered – by Lionel Messi.

The North London side were hoping to make a move for the French star, but Dembele's team-mates seem to be trying to put Arsenal off him.

PEP'S WATCHING

MANCHESTER CITY have joined Arsenal in pursuit of Lille star Nicolas Pepe, according to reports.

The Premier League champions sent scouts to watch the winger in action against Reims on Sunday.

UNITED AND GUNNERS WATCHING 'NEW TONI KROOS'

MANCHESTER UNITED and Arsenal are watching Hertha Berlin wonderkid Arne Maier.

The 19-year-old has been labelled the ‘new Toni Kroos’ in the Bundesliga.

GUNNER BE BETTER

UNAI EMERY has reignited Arsenal's fire.

It is little over six months since the Spaniard took over the reins from Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium, but the numbers show how swift his impact has been.

NOTHING LEFT

MARSEILLE are keen to bolster their defence in January and could turn to Nacho Monreal or Alberto Moreno, according to reports.

The French side are currently fifth in Ligue 1 but are just four points clear of 11th-placed Reims.

KOSC BE BETTER

BERND LENO labelled Laurent Koscielny the “perfect captain” as the pair prepare to play alongside each other for the first time.

Arsenal skipper Koscielny, 33, has not played first-team football since May 3 when he ruptured his Achilles tendon against Atletico Madrid – but is still inspiring the team to victory.

TOUCH OF OZ

MESUT OZIL may have missed Arsenal's win over Huddersfield but he still managed to make one young supporter's day.

NEEDS MUST

ARSENAL are suffering a crisis in central defence after Shkodran Mustafi limped off in the win against Huddersfield.

He joins fellow central defender Rob Holding on the treatment table.

'FELT I WASN'T RATED'

ALEX IWOBI revealed he almost left Arsenal for Crystal Palace after feeling unloved at the Emirates

Nigerian forward Iwobi has been one of the key figures this season under new boss Unai Emery.

JUST FOR THE CRACK

ARSENAL'S shamed hippy crack stars were mocked by fans who threw balloons onto the pitch during their game against Huddersfield this afternoon.

DIVE ANOTHER DAY

GRANIT XHAKA, Shkodran Mustafi and Matteo Guendouzi were all booked for diving on a feisty afternoon in North London which saw 33 fouls and nine yellow cards.

Referee Paul Tierney certainly had his work cut out at the Emirates as Arsenal and Huddersfield's players, coaching staff and fans all climbed on his back.

LLOY WONDER

BRISTOL CITY face a fight to keep hold of talented defender Lloyd Kelly… with four Premier League giants circling.

Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool have all joined Arsenal in the hunt for the giant defender.

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