Comment and Analysis
The Frenchman has been ruthless with stars like Alexis Sanchez, Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil as he plots to avoid the humiliations that wrecked the Gunners' hopes last season.
Despite the interest of Newcastle in Argentina international, Nicolas Gaitan, Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim has identified the midfielder as a key target and the Ligue 1 club are poised to pounce in the next transfer window.
AC Milan scouts have been in Argentina watching talented River Plate midfielder Leonel Vangioni, according to transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio. Milan reportedly saw Vangioni as the alternative to Pablo Armero in the summer transfer window.
According to German newspaper Bild, Roberto Di Matteo is keen on rekindling his working relationship with the 30-year-old striker, Fernando Torres, and will launch an offer in January.