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Wenger confident of securing Benfica’s Goncalo Guedes signature in JanuaryReuters

Arsenal are reportedly leading the race to sign Benfica's Goncalo Guedes in January despite the young forward being tracked by a number of clubs.

Although the 17-year-old, who is being dubbed as "the new Franck Ribery," is yet to make any senior appearances for the club, Guedes has attracted a lot of attention following his good performances at the youth levels.

It is understood that the teenage Portuguese forward is set to leave Benfica in January, with a number of top clubs including AC Milan, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund monitoring his situation.

However, the Daily Express claims that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is confident of securing Guedes' signature in the January transfer window as the Portuguese is reportedly interested in moving to the English Premier League.

Meanwhile, Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck says that he is honoured to play alongside a hardworking and talented player like Alexis Sanchez.

The 25-year-old Chilean, who arrived from Barcelona for a reportedly fee of £35 million this summer, has already managed to make an immediate impact at Arsenal, scoring 5 goals in 8 Premier League appearances so far.

The Chilean was especially impressive against Sunderland, where he managed to capitalise on individual errors and grab a brace to help Arsenal earn a 2-0 win.

And Welbeck claims that it is an absolute "pleasure" for him to play alongside a player of Sanchez's calibre.

"It's a pleasure to play with Alexis. He's persistent, he keeps going and they are [the attributes of] somebody I like to play alongside," the former Manchester United striker told Arsenal's official website.

The 23-year-old Englishman, who joined the Gunners from Manchester United for £16 million on transfer deadline day this summer, insists that he is also enjoying playing with the rest of his new teammates.

"It's the same with all the other players in the team. I'm really getting to know the players much better now and hopefully now we can go on a nice run of winning games," Welbeck added.

The Gunners are currently on a roll, having recorded two successive wins in their last two away fixtures against Anderlecht and Sunderland in the Champions League and the Premier League respectively.

"We've had two away games and got two wins," said Welbeck. "We've set the platform now and the main thing is to build on that. We showed character and we're going to have to stick it out when it gets tough and nitty gritty in the next games."

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