10.30pm Arsenal news LIVE: Hinteregger £22m transfer battle, Rodriguez targeted, Wenger rejected by Bayern – The Sun

ARSENAL have acted decisively to strip Granit Xhaka of the club captaincy following his outburst at the fans during the Gunners' 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.

But that didn't stop the North Londoners throwing away another lead as Vitoria equalised for a point in the Europa League – amid continued speculation over Unai Emery's future at the club.

Get all the latest reaction here on a seismic day for the Gunners…

  • ARSENAL are reportedly set to battle West Ham for £22million-rated Frankfurt defender Martin Hinteregger in a desperate bid to stop shipping goals.

    The Gunners are desperate to shore up their defensive ranks in January and are now thought to be looking to the Austrian international.

    But Unai Emery may not have it all his own way, with West Ham long-term admirers of the centre-back, say Football Insider.

  • ARSENAL should have signed Gary Cahill last summer, reckons Charlie Nicholas.

    The Gunners legend told Sky Sports: “Arsenal don't sign personalities.

    “Sadly I have to go way back to David Dein and he would sit down with Arsene Wenger and ask what kind of character he was singing. That's gone now.

    “It's as if Arsenal sign players because they are desperate.

    “Why not – and I don't know how much he would have cost – go and get Chris Smalling from Manchester United in the summer before he went to Roma?

    “Because he'd be better than what they had. They could've had Gary Cahill from Chelsea and sat him in the defence.”

  • LIVERPOOL legend Steven Gerrard would jump at the chance to ditch Rangers to manager Arsenal.

    Former Manchester United striker Alan Brazil told talkSPORT: “If the Arsenal job comes up, see you later.

    “He'll do a Brendan [Rodgers].”

  • BAYERN MUNICH have turned down the opportunity to appoint Arsene Wenger as their new manager.

    The German champions held talks with the former Arsenal boss following the sacking of Niko Kovac earlier this week.

    Wenger, 70, was believed to be the front-runner and called club president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge to express his desire to take over at the Allianz.

    But it appears Bayern have rejected his advances and opportunity to step back into work because they could not agree on a length of contract.

    Wenger wanted a long-term deal but Bayern were keen on offering him a contract until the end of the season before assessing whether to appoint a more youthful boss.

    It was believed he called Rummenigge on Wednesday afternoon to signal his interest in coaching Bayern.

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