News from Arsenal: Ivory Coast star wanted, Unai Emery is thrilled with a £ 40 million central defender

The Gunners failed with an offer for the 23-year-old last summer, but Chief Emery is ready to try again.

Gbamin, who is wanted by a number of Premier League clubs, has moved into the ranks of Lens before switching to the German Mainz team.

But their £ 40 million purchase price would consume almost all of Emery's £ 45 million budget.

And Gbamin opened the door to a summer transfer away from the Bundesliga team.

The goal of Arsenal reported is eager to make "the next step" after 12 months from seeing a stuck move in the Premier League.

He told Goal and Spox: "Basically I feel ready for the next step and I can well imagine starting a new chapter.

"Through my results, I have made the clubs aware of myself, where I see good chances to go to this next phase of my personal and sporting development.

"At the moment I give 100% to Mainz and I am very satisfied with how much we have improved.

News from Arsenal Jean-Philippe Gbamin Unai Emery transfer gossip

Unai Emery is tempted to spend money on Jean-Philippe Gbamin (Pic: GETTY)

News from Arsenal Jean-Philippe Gbamin Unai Emery transfer gossip

The goal of Arsenal Jean-Philippe Gbamin has collected 21 appearances with Mainz this season (Pic: GETTY)

"What will happen after the season, we have to wait and see."

Arsenal came on loan to Denis Suarez from Barcelona in January, but the midfielder has yet to start a game.

And the 19-year-old summer signature, Matteo Guendouzi, continues to keep Mesut Ozil out of Emery's line-up.

Gbamin would prove to be a valuable resource for the Gunners as he can operate as a midfielder or midfielder.

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Jean-Philippe Gbamin can play in central midfield and in defense (Pic: GETTY)

"Obviously, the club's position initially frustrated me," he added.

"Anything else would not be normal, I would say, I thought it was possible to transfer, that's why I made it public, and it turned out different."

Emery led his team to a 2-1 victory against Huddersfield, at risk relegation, to John Smith's Stadium.

Arsenal's win means that they tie at Chelsea with 50 points, but remain in sixth place for goal difference.

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