According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, “there has been no contact between Arsenal and Palace or (Patrick) Van Aanholt’s representatives as yet”.
Reports in recent days have suggested that Van Aanholt is someone Mikel Arteta’s side have earmarked as a potential signing to address their issue at left-back.
Now, Ornstein has claimed that the “most likely scenario” at the moment is for the Dutchman to leave Crystal Palace at the end of the season when his contract expires in the summer.
But, The Athletic journalist did add that things “could change before the 11pm deadline”, and that he may be “worth keeping an eye on”.
With Kieran Tierney’s unfortunate luck with injuries striking again – he’s missed the past three games for Arsenal in all competitions with a calf problem – the Gunners have surely seen why a new left-back has to be on the agenda on transfer deadline day.
Arteta’s decision to allow Sead Kolasinac leave the club earlier in the January transfer window to join Bundesliga giants Schalke, means that the Gunners have no natural cover for Tierney, with right-back Cedric having to fill in the past few matches.
With Maitland-Niles also seemingly heading for the exit door on loan today, Edu should act immediately to bring Van Aanholt into the club and ensure Arteta isn’t left desperately short of options.
Having brought in a creative midfielder already in the shape of Real Madrid starlet Martin Odegaard, Edu needs to address Arsenal’s other big concern by landing Van Aanholt today.