Arsenal are ready to push ahead with their interest in midfield duo Youri Tielemans and Danilo in the New Year, 90min understands.

The Gunners have enjoyed a superb start to the Premier League season, and surprisingly top the table after winning 11 of their first 13 games.

But despite their electrifying start in the league, which continued with a 1-0 win over rivals Chelsea on Sunday, Arsenal crashed out of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday after losing at home to Brighton - with Mikel Arteta bringing on five players in the second half who had started at Stamford Bridge just three days prior.

That prompted the Spaniard to say after the game about the current depth in his squad: “We know where we are and we knew the moment we had certain injuries that the squad is already very, very short."