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Arsenal chief Edu considering Shakhtar Donetsk raid for winger Manor Solomon

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Arsenal already appear to be planning for the summer transfer window with Shakhtar Donetsk winger Manor Solomon on their radar. It remains to be seen if the Gunners will splash the cash this month, but it is expected that the club will wait until they sell some players before getting the cheque book out in order to balance the books.

Arsenal are reportedly planning a raid on Shakhtar Donetsk raid for highly rated winger Manor Solomon next summer.

Solomon has burst into the limelight over the last two seasons at Shakhtar after a string of impressive performances in the Champions League.

The 21-year-old scored against Real Madrid during their shock group stage win earlier this season.

Solomon also netted against Manchester City last season in Europe, which has led to the Israeli popping up on Arsenal’s radar for a summer move.

According to the Guardian, the Gunners have held preliminary talks with the player’s representative after some thorough scouting.

Solomon is expected to be in demand next summer, especially if he continues to perform at the same level as he has shown over the last 18 months.

And it is claimed that it would take a substantial fee to persuade Shakhtar to sell the Israel international by the end of the season.

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Solomon can play anywhere across the frontline, and would add the spark that the likes of Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have struggled to create this season.

One man who has managed to create a spark for Arsenal’s attack since returning from injury is Gabriel Martinelli.

The Brazilian suffered a huge injury scare in the warm-up to Arsenal’s FA Cup third-round tie with Newcastle on Saturday.

But a scan on Monday has shown that Martinelli suffered no major damage, no doubt much to the relief of Arteta, who said that he was very upset to see his rising star limp off once again in serious pain.

“I am gutted. I was in my office before the game and one of the coaches came in and said that Gabi hurt himself, that he twisted his ankle,” said Arteta.

“I went to the medical room and he was in tears. It didn’t look good.

“He was in a lot of pain and we’re going to have to see how he is.

“He was in pain so I imagine we’re not going to have good news with him.”

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