Date: 24th February 2023 at 9:30am
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Arsenal face Leicester City on Wednesday knowing that victory will ensure they remain top of the Premier League table. 

The Gunners returned to top spot in the league courtesy of a 4-2 win over Aston Villa on Saturday, and three points would make sure they remain there regardless of Manchester City’s result against Bournemouth in the later kick off.

Mikel Arteta’s side have shocked many people with their performances so far this term, with very few people expecting them to be involved in the title race following their poor campaign last year.

Arsenal missed out on a place in this season’s Champions League after a slump in form at the end of last term, but they have turned things around this season and currently sit two points clear at the top of the table.

Now, it is claimed that the north London side are planning on signing a midfielder this term.

The Gunners have reportedly been priced out of a move for Jude Bellingham, and will instead look to sign his England teammate Declan Rice, according to Football London.

Rice is set to be Arsenal’s top target this summer

It is claimed that German side Borussia Dortmund could demand as much as £150 million for Bellingham, who has been in sensational form over the past couple of seasons.

A number of clubs across Europe are expected to be involved in a potential bidding war for the ex-Birmingham City man this summer.

With that in mind, Arsenal director Edu is set to instead prioritise a move for Rice.

The 24-year-old has also attracted interest from several clubs, including Chelsea and Manchester United, but Arsenal are hoping to beat their rivals to the Englishman’s signature.

Rice succeeded Mark Noble as The Hammers’ captain at the start of this term, and has established himself as one of the best midfielders in the Premier League over the past few seasons.

The ex-Chelsea youngster’s current contract with West Ham is due to expire in June 2024, which means this summer’s transfer window could represent West Ham’s last opportunity to demand a significant fee for the England international.

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