10pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Aubameyang contract LATEST, Thomas Partey updates, Wilfried Zaha wants to leave Palace – The Sun

10pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Aubameyang contract LATEST, Thomas Partey updates, Wilfried Zaha wants to leave Palace – The Sun

July 26, 2020

ARSENAL head into their FA Cup final next weekend off the back of a win after overcoming Watford 3-2.

And off the pitch we have the latest on the Thomas Partey and Mesut Ozil transfer sagas.

Get all the latest news and transfer gossip from North London here…

  • AINSLEY: CUP IS PRIORITY

    Ainsley Maitland-Niles insists winning the FA Cup is Arsenal's “main objective” after a difficult campaign.

    Sunday's 3-2 home win over Watford gave the Gunners' an eight-place finish in the Premier League, ahead of the Wembley final against Chelsea next Saturday.

    The wideman, 22, told the club's website Arsenal.com: “It's been a long tough season without the fans being here and what's gone on in the world.

    “We're just going to push on and think about the final now.

    “The main objective is trying to bring the trophy home.”

  • TIERNEY: MY TOUGHEST YEAR

    Kieran Tierney is celebrating “finishing the the toughest year of my life” with his first Arsenal goal.

    The left-back got the second as the Gunner sled 3-0 before clinging on to beat Watford in the Prremier League finale.

    And he told the club website arsenal.com: “I've had the injury and a lot of new challenges but you need challenges, you need to be uncomfortable.

    “I knew it wasn't going to be easy coming to this massive club full of great players.

    I knew it was going to be tough coming in and trying to get my place in the team.

    I try to repay the manager's faith by working hard and trying to put in good performances. It's all about the hard work.”

  • GUNNER HAVE TO IMPROVE

    Mikel Arteta's blast at Arsenal's “underachieving” campaign seems fair after their lowest points total since 1995 and the manner of a 3-2 win that sent Watford down.

    At the first drinks break the Gunners stood with their tails between their legs as boss Arteta let rip, with his arms flailing about the place – even though his side were already two goals ahead.

    The Gunners simply had nothing left to play for in the league and Arteta made no secret of his disappointment – even though they can still clinch a Europa League spot and a trophy should they beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final.

    The Spanish manager’s dismay may reflect growing concerns over Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang’s future – who once again proved he is irreplaceable.

    He struck the first blow against the Hornets from the spot on five minutes and acrobatically netted his second with a slick bicycle kick.

    The lethal marksman did his absolute best to close the gap on Golden Boot winner Jamie Vardy, underlining his sheer class as the North Londoners most valuable asset.

    It is no secret Auba has become disillusioned with the lack of success at Arsenal and wants to move to a club where he has more chance of winning trophies.

  • ARSENAL RATINGS – CONTINUED

    Aubameyang 8

    Kept his cool on just 4minutes to put the Gunners ahead and Watford on the cliff edge. And produced a stunning bicycle kick before the break. 

    It would have taken some effort, but he came within a whisker of clinching the Golden Boot from Vardy.

    The Gunners captain is out of contract next year and has yet to commit his future to the club – but once again proved he is virtually irreplaceable.

    Lacazette 6

    Caused a headache for the visitors in the box early on and won the penalty in the opening seconds – but failed to threaten in the final third.

    Made way for Nketiah 10 minutes into the second half, but he is expected to start at Wembley.

    SUBS

    Kolasinac, Macey (GK), Nelson, Sokratis, Saka, Smith, Soares, Torreira

  • ARSENAL RATINGS – CONTINUED

    Xhaka 5

    Sloppy passing at points and picked up a yellow card for being loose with his tongue at referee Mike Dean. But kept his teammates organised.

    Pepe 6

    He is still yet to live up to his billing as the club’s most-expensive player – but there were flashes of quality, particularly in the build-up to the host’s second goal.

    He broke free on the right and switched the play to Aubameyang at the back post, who laid it back to Tierney.

    Willock 3

    Lacked creativity, and was largely influential before he was replaced by Kolasinac.

  • ARSENAL RATINGS – CONTINUED

    Luiz 3

    The error-prone Brazilian has given away five penalties in the Premier League this season, the most any player has ever conceded in a single campaign in the competition.

    Surely he must be on thin-ice at the Emirates from those worrying stats.

    Tierney 6

    Wreaked havoc on the left-channel and against the run of play doubled the host’s lead with a tentative left-foot. it didn’t have much power on it, but it found its way into the far corner, taking a massive deflection along the way.

    But the Scot blazed a peach of a chance over the crossbar in the final ten minutes.

    Ceballos 7

    Once again pulled the strings in midfield, blazed an effort over the bar early on but sharpened up and whipped in gorgeous passes throughout.

    It will be a major blow to the North Londoners if he doesn’t extend his loan deal from Real Madrid.

  • ARSENAL RATINGS VS WATFORD

    Martinez 8

    Had no chance of stopping Troy Deeney’s fierce drive from the spot, but shut down TWO brilliant Danny Welbeck strikes in the second-half.

    Maitland-Niles 6

    Stung the hands of Ben Foster with a fierce drive in the second-half on his weaker left-foot, although it looked off-side.

    Holding 5

    His noggin stood in the way of a Deeney bullet header early on – not that he knew much about it.

    And he whipped in a peach of pass to Lacazette in the first-half.

    But at times looked rattled with poor clearances and should have done better when Watford snuck back a second.

  • VARDY PIPS AUBA

    Jamie Vardy pipped Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Danny Ings to win the Golden Boot – despite hitting the bar amid Leicester's final day heartbreak.

    The Foxes striker, 33, fmissed out as Manchester United won 2-0 at the King Power stadium but still finished on 23 goals.

    Arsenal captain Aubameyang, 31, grabbed two against Watford, but he was one shy of Vardy.

    Danny Ings, 28, fired home from the spot for Southampton to finish the season on 21 goals, the season's third best scorer.

    Vardy was one goal short of bettering his goal haul in the 2015-2016 season, when Leicester defied 5000/1 odds to win the Premier League title.

    But he could do nothing to secure a Champions League finish for the Foxes, as they lost 1-0 against Manchester United, who finished in third with Chelsea in fourth.

  • RESULT: ARSENAL 3 WATFORD 2

    The Gunners held on to win after a stirring Hornet's fightback from 2-0 down.

    For all the details, click on our match blog HERE.

  • CHELSEA VS ARSENAL FOR DOM

    Chelsea are rumoured to be joining Arsenal in the battle to sign Red Bull Salzburg star Dominik Szoboszlai.

    The Gunners have reportedly been in advanced talks over a deal to bring the 19-year-old to the Emirates.

    But it looks like the Blues, and some of Europe’s other football giants, could be about to throw a spanner in the works of Arsenal's efforts sign the Hungarian youngster.

    Szoboszlai has been winning plaudits in Austria’s top division following a string of impressive performances this term.

    And the Hungary international’s nine goals, which helped fire Salzburg to the Austrian Bundesliga title, has attracted the attention of some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

    Atletico Madrid and PSG are among the sides rumoured to be vying for the signature of Szoboszlai, who’s admired for his versatile style of play in midfield.

  • LUIZ'S UNWANTED RECORD

    David Luiz is now the not-so-proud owner of one of the most unwanted records in the Premier League.

    The Arsenal defender has endured a torrid maiden season at the Emirates and made yet another error on the final day against Watford.

    Just before half-time, and with the Gunners cruising with a 3-0 lead, Luiz made a rash decision – sparking Watford into their fightback.

    The Brazilian went flying into Danny Welbeck late, sending the French midfielder tumbling for a clear penalty.

    It meant that Luiz has now given away a whopping FIVE penalties this season – the most a single player has given away in one season.

    Hornets skipper Troy Deeney converted the penalty, to give Watford a small glint of hope in their desparate fight against relegation.

  • AUBA'S TEASING PERFORMANCE

    Pierre Emerick Aubameyang has hinted to fans he will sign a new contract at Arsenal.

    The Gabonese striker has one year left on his current deal at the Emirates and negotiations are thought to be ongoing regarding a possible renewal.

    During training on Saturday at the Gunners' London Colney base Aubameyang was pictured making a signing gesture – perhaps teasing Arsenal fans he is set to sign a contract extension.

    The Arsenal captain seems to be enjoying the speculation regarding his future as he smiled away while pretending to write something on his hand.

    The action sent Gunners fans into a frenzy on social media.

    “Don't tease us @Aubameyang7,” tweeted one.

  • ARSENAL 3 WATFORD 2

    The Gunners are facing a far hungrier Watford side this half, especially once Welbeck cut the deficitto 3-2 on 66 minutes.

    Indeed, Welbeck missed a virtual sitter as the match transformed from one-sided in the first half to end-to-end.

    For all the details, click on our match blog HERE.

  • GOAL!!!

    WELBECK SLOTS HOME AGAINST HIS OLD CLUB

  • ARSENAL 3 WATFORD 1

    With the second-half action under way, Aubameyang will be looking for his hat-trick as he chases the Golden Boot.

    And he will surely get more chance sin this second half – as Watfordmust gamble to keep alive their slim survival hopes.

  • H/T: ARSENAL 3 WATFORD 1

    Aubameyang's double and Tierney's first ever Arsenal goal rewarded their dominance against seemingly-doomed Watford.

    But Deeney's spot-kick cut the deficit just before the break.

    For all the details, click on our match blog HERE.

  • GOAL!!!

    Arsenal 3 Watford 1

    Deeney's 43rd minute penalty, for a clumsy foul by Luiz on ex-Gunner Welbeck, gives the Hornets a glimmer of hope.

    For all the details, click on our match blog HERE.

  • GOAL!!!

    Arsenal 3 Watford 0

    Aubameyang's brilliant volley on 33 minutes shows why Arteta wants to keep him – and how Watford have been so bad today.

    For all the details, click on our match blog HERE.

  • GOAL!!!

    Arsenal 2 Watford 0

    Kieran Tierney's deflected effort is his first ever Gunners' goal, doubling their lead on 24 minutes against the shell-shocked Hornets.

    For all the details,click on our match blog HERE.

  • PARTEY TIME FOR PEREIRA

    Arsenal have reportedly identified Porto's Danilo Pereira as an alternative to their main target for the defensive midfield role – Atletico Madrid's Thomas Partey.

    Pereira would cost around £20million, probably more thna half Partey's value.

    ESPN say the Gunners are ready to meet Pereira's representatives at the end of the season.

  • GOAL!!!

    ARSENAL 1 WATFORD 0: Aubameyang penalty, five minutes.

    For all the details, click HERE.

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