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Mikel Arteta flies to US to meet Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke at NHL game as he pushes to get two transfers over the line

ARSENAL boss Mikel Arteta flew to the US to meet club owner Stan Kroenke as he pushed for a new contract.

The duo were spotted together as they watched the Colorado Avalanche beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 in the National Hockey League on Monday.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta tops Stateside as he looks to strengthen his squad

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta tops Stateside as he looks to strengthen his squadCredit: Rex
Mikel Arteta (right) was in Denver, Colorado, to meet Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke (above) last night

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Mikel Arteta (right) was in Denver, Colorado, to meet Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke (above) last night

The meeting in Denver came with the Gunners reportedly preparing a new contract extension offer for the Spaniard – although the manager’s initial concern was January switch windows.

Arteta is desperate to attack reinforcements but seems to have missed his #1 target Dusan Vlahovic with Fiorentina star looks set to join Juventus to replace.

He also wanted to include Arthur Melo from Juventusbut the Premier League side have just a week to cement their rankings before the window closes.

Several other strikers have been linked with Arsenal in recent days, including Dominic Calvert-Lewin of Everton and Real Madrid’s Luka Jovic.

And Sun Sport understands that Arteta has used her trip to the United States to try to convince billionaire Kroenke to splurge in the coming days as they discuss transfer funds and targets.

Arteta, who has gone four games without a goal, will soon leave the US to join his team in Dubai for warm-weather training due to the 18-day gap between matches.

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Arsenal are staring at an empty February calendar by just two games after being knocked out of all cup competitions.

The Gunners’ final title hopes were dashed by Liverpool in the Carabao Cup semi-final, leaving them in a battle for the top four.

Arteta’s men were knocked out of the FA Cup after their third round loss to Forest of Nottingham and no European football this season.

And, in a strange twist of fate, Arsenal now have just two matches scheduled in a 41-day span.

Their next fixture is on Thursday 10 February against Wolves at Molineux and their only other game in February as things go is against Brentford on Saturday 19 February.

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