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Arsenal fans are excited, Ornstein drops the “bomb”

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Arsenal fans must be getting a nosebleed at the top of the Premier League table.

After the best part of a decade with only fleeting sniffs of a title race, the Gunners find themselves in the remarkable position of first place in England’s top-flight with an impressive five-point lead over Manchester City.

There’s a swelling sense of positivity at Emirates Stadium with many fans believing that the oft-tumultuous project carried out by Mikel Arteta at the club is finally paying dividends.

At the same time, though, there’s also an in-built pessimism amongst Arsenal supporters with the men, women and children who cheer them on all having seen the club bottle promising positions before, year after year.

And with the crushing injury blow that was Gabriel Jesus requiring knee surgery, there have been concerns that Arsenal simply don’t have the depth in attacking positions to cope without him.

Yes, Eddie Nketiah went through a purple patch at the back end of last season and fired a fine goal past West Ham United, but is the 23-year-old truly good enough to fill the void left by Jesus for weeks and weeks to come?

Well, it’s a question that Arsenal fans might not even need to answer because to say that Gooners were given an exciting transfer update on Wednesday would be the mother of all understatements.

What did Ornstein say about Arsenal’s transfer targets?
That’s because none other than David Ornstein, who is something of a cult hero amongst Arsenal fans with his consistently accurate reporting of the club’s transfer deals, provided tantalising insight on the January transfer window while at the Leeds United vs Manchester City game.

Speaking to NBC Sports at Elland Road, Ornstein delivered updates on the fascinating races for Joao Felix and Mykhailo Mudryk’s signatures with Arsenal well in the hunt for both forwards.

Felix, who has long been tipped for an exit from Atletico Madrid, is currently valued at €50 million, whereas 21-year-old Mudryk already tips the scales at a valuation of €40 million.

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