Hotshot Huntelaar 5-2 to join Gunners in January

AS the dust settles on Arsenal’s shock exit from the Capital One Cup at the hands of League Two Bradford, plenty of attention is being placed on how much Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will spend in next month’s transfer window.

His team are already 15 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester United and members of the supporters trust were heartened when they were told by club chief executive Ivan Gazidis that the long-standing boss will have money to play with in January.
Ladbrokes go 3-1 that Arsenal will splash more than £31m on one player.

Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar could be top of Wenger's shopping list as he looks to replace Robin van Persie and the firm go 5-2 that Huntelaar will sign for the Gunners before February, while Crystal Palace wonderkid Wilfried Zaha, who has often been linked to Arsenal, is 3-1 to join the north London club before the deadline.

The club’s record goalscorer Thierry Henry is reported to be on the verge of joining the club on loan from MLS outfit New York Red Bulls just as he did last season.

The Frenchman is 4-6 with Ladbrokes to play at least one Premier League game for the Gunners this season.

Arsenal will not be in action u ntil they make the short trip to Reading for Monday’s live Sky Sports clash, while Chelsea have other priorities after booking their place in Sunday’s final of the Club World Cup in Japan.

The Blues gained a comfortable 3-1 success over Monterrey from Mexico in the semi-final yesterday.

Juan Mata, Fernando Torres and an own goal from Darvin Chavez were enough to see them home and they are 5-6 favourites to win the final against Brazilian outfit Corinthians inside 90 minutes.

The South Americans, who posted a 1-0 victory over Al-Ahly of Egypt, are 4-1 to see off Rafa Benitez’s side without the need for extra-time.

Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry will miss the champions’ trip to Newcastle on Saturday after picking up a one-match ban for verbally abusing referee Martin Atkinson in last week’s derby against United.

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Lille v Everton

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  • Both teams have scored in eight of Everton's 11 games this season
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Lille's excellent defensive standards have slipped recently with Ligue 1 defeats to Lyon (3-0) and Guingamp (2-1) so Everton should not fear their trip to northern France. The Toffees ended their recent slump with a fine home win over Aston Villa and Roberto Martinez's men are worth backing to earn a draw.

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