12am Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Houssem Aouar bid LATEST, Partey boost as Simeone calls Torreira, Ozil could return – The Sun

12am Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Houssem Aouar bid LATEST, Partey boost as Simeone calls Torreira, Ozil could return – The Sun

September 20, 2020

PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG has committed his future to Arsenal by signing a three-year contract at the Emirates.

While the Gunners – who defeated West Ham 2-1 on Saturday – continue to chase targets Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey as a spectacular transfer window rolls on.

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  • STEADY EDDIE

    Eddie Nketiah came to Arsenal's rescue scoring the Gunners' winning goal during their

    2-1 victory against West Ham.

    The young Gunner came off the bench in the 77th minute.

    And the striker netted for Arsenal in the 85th minute with Dani Ceballos providing the assist for Nketiah's tap-in.

    The pair appear to have moved on from their pre-match bust-up which occurred ahead of the Gunners' game against Fulham last Saturday.

  • WILLIAN'S SOU PERFECT

    Graeme Souness has praised the impact Willian has had on Arsenal since joining the clubas a free agent.

    The Brazilian attacker arrived the Emirates on a free transfer after making 250 appearances for the Blues.

    Souness said Sky Sports: “Even at 32, he’s still got so much to offer.

    “Chelsea have that policy for over 30s, but I personally would’ve kept him. Great signing for Arsenal.

    “They’ll get a couple of great years out of him.”

  • OZIL PUZZLE

    Mesut Ozil has been left out of the Arsenal squad facing West Ham this evening.

    And the Gunners number 10 has not featured in a competitive game for his side since Arsenal faced West Ham at the Emirates in the league last season.

    In that game the World Cup winner laid on an assist for Lacazette in Arsenal's 1-0 win.

    And Arteta says he has been impressed with Ozil's efforts in training.

    Arteta said: “I think they have all been training really, really well and the spirit at the training ground is great and we are happy because everyone is pushing each other, so let's try to maintain that.”

  • AWESOME AUBA HERE

    Martin Keown reckons Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can become an Arsenal legend after the striker finally signed a new contract this week.

    And the club's former centre-back shared his thoughts on what more the Emirates frontman can do to become a Gunners icon.

    Keown told talkSPORT:“Aubameyang loves playing there [Arsenal] and he wants to be a legend in the future, so why not?

    “He’s 31 years of age and he’s turned down Barcelona by the way to stay there. I think that tells you how much he loves the football club and what he’s looking to achieve.

    “If they win the Premier League in the next three years then he certainly will become a legend if he plays a major part in that.”

  • TIER DROP

    Sead Kolasinac has replaced Kieran Tierney in the line-up with the Scottish international suffering from a tight hip.

  • WIL POWER

  • TEAM NEWS

    Arsenal have made two changes from the side that beat Fulham last week.

  • AUBA AND OUT

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has stated that the fans played a key role in him signing a new deal at Arsenal.

    Writing in his captain's programme notes, he said: “It's all about what the fans think of you.

    “The people whose hearts bleed Arsenal – they are everything.

    “I respect you all so much and I decided to stay here because I love you.”

  • CROWN JULES

    Arsenal striker Tyreece John-Jules – on loan at Doncaster – has just scored a stunner for the League One side.

    Take a look at the 19-year-old's brilliant goal against Charlton at The Valley.

  • TIT FOR TAT

    Former Swansea coach Alan Tate could face punishment from the FA after footage has emerged of him grabbing ex-Arsenal academy star Jon Toral by the throat.

    The incident happened as Swansea and Birmingham were walking towards the tunnel as they went into the break on level terms.

    Toral was seen speaking to Tate, who grabbed and pushed the Spaniard back with his left hand around his neck.

    He then theatrically fell towards the floor, which sparked a reaction from both sets of players and coaches.

    Birmingham posted a clip of the incident on Twitter, with many fans stating that the EFL should look into it.

  • POSITIVE SIGN

    Mikel Arteta offered Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi they still have a hope of returning to the first team.

    Both players were exiled at the back of last season and looked on course to be left out of the Spaniard's plans.

    But he told Football London: “They are all training really well. The spirit is great and everyone is pushing each other.”

    Arsenal face West Ham tonight and then take on Leicester in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY

    Legendary stopper David Seaman turns 57 today – and the Gunners made sure to send him their best wishes.

    The ex-England man made 564 appearances between 1990 and 2003, winning eight major trophies.

    Have a good one, Dave!

  • AUBA TO YOU

    Arsenal legend Martin Keown believes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang won't come close to Thierry Henry and Ian Wright's goal tally at Arsenal.

    The 31-year-old has fired in 72 goals in 111 games for the Gunners and is on course to catch Wright's 185.

    Former Arsenal skipper Henry is the club's all-time top scorer with 228 goals to his name.

    Keown told talkSPORT: “Aubameyang loves playing there and he wants to be a legend in the future, so why not?

    “He’s 31 years of age and he’s turned down Barcelona by the way to stay there. I think that tells you how much he loves the football club and what he’s looking to achieve.

    “If they win the Premier League in the next three years then he certainly will become a legend if he plays a major part in that.

    “You look at the goals record that he’s got and he can’t get near [Thierry] Henry and I’m not even sure he can catch Ian Wright. But he wants to follow in their footsteps.”

  • WILL GETS CHANCE

    William Saliba looks as though he will not be involved against West Ham tonight… after featuring for the Gunners U23s yesterday.

    The French teenager played the full 90 minutes in the 2-2 draw with Brighton.

    Speaking last week, Mikel Arteta said: “I think it's going to take him [Saliba] some time to adapt to our way of playing but as well to get adapted to the language, the rhythm, the physicality of the country.”

  • ARSENAL SECOND

    Everton thumped ten-man West Brom 5-2 at Goodison Park.

    And following their win at Spurs last week, their tally of six points sees them go top of the league… for now.

    Arsenal should reclaim top spot if they beat West Ham by two goals tonight.

  • WILL WAY

    Willian became the first player to assist two goals on his Premier League debut for Arsenal since Ray Parlour in August 1992 vs Liverpool.

    The free agent from Chelsea was involved in all three goals at Craven Cottage last week and Gooners will be desperate for more of the same today.

  • FUL OF IT

    Arsenal fans were loving it after a 3-0 thrashing at Fulham last week and they'll be hoping for more of the same today.

  • 2,000 CLUB

    Chelsea joined Manchester United and Arsenal in a very exclusive club this week.

    Their victory over Brighton on Monday night saw the club register their 2,000th point in the Premier League (1,077 matches).

    They are only the third side to achieve this feat since the competition began in 1992, after United (2,234) and the Gunners (2,014).

  • WILL GETS CHANCE

    William Saliba looks as though he will not be involved against West Ham tonight… after featuring for the Gunners U23s yesterday.

    The French teenager played the full 90 minutes in the 2-2 draw with Brighton.

    Speaking last week, Mikel Arteta said: “I think it's going to take him [Saliba] some time to adapt to our way of playing but as well to get adapted to the language, the rhythm, the physicality of the country.”

  • DAN IN THE DUMPS

    Tim Sherwood launched a scathing attack on “average” Dani Ceballos by claiming the Arsenal star will be found out this season.

    The ex-Spurs boss reckons the Spaniard isn't suited to the Premier League and his lack of creativity will cost the Gunners in their bid for a top-four finish.

    He said: “Ceballos in my opinion is average. I think he’s too weak for the Premier League and I think he’ll get found out this year.

    “I think they need a little bit more guile in there. You need a player in there like Mesut Ozil in that middle of the pitch.

    “When teams are scared of the pace of Saka and Aubameyang and Lacazette and they want to defend deep where’s the guile where’s the player who is going to open the teams up. Ozil is the man to do that.”

  • AOUAR PAIN

    Arsenal have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Houssem Aouar.

    That is because Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas poured cold water on any potential transfer of their star.

    Asked if he think a deal with get over the line before deadline day, he told Arsenal reporter Chris Wheatley: “No I don't think so, no offer yet.

    “It seems that Arsenal don't want to, or can't invest the price for Houssem, who is our best player.”

  • BALE FORCE

    Gareth Bale looks set to become one of the highest earners in the Premier League when he completes his loan move back to Tottenham.

    He will still get paid his full £650,000 per week – more than anybody else in England's top flight.

    Spurs will cover around £325,000 each week for the Wales hero, £125,000 more than their next big-money earner, Harry Kane.

    Here's how he matches up against the rest of the Premier League's most-paid stars, with David De Gea top of the pile.

    At Arsenal, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Meust Oil are on around £350,000 per week.

  • LU BEAUTY

    Bernd Leno should start between the sticks with a potential back three of David Luiz, Gabriel Magalhaes and Kieran Tierney. Rob Holding is another option.

    Hector Bellerin may well be right wing-back if Arteta sticks with the three in defence with either Ainsley Maitland-Niles or Bukayo Saka on the left.

    Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny could be the two in the middle but Dani Ceballos may start this week instead of the Egyptian.

    The front three is set to be unchanged with Willian, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – fresh from signing his new deal.

  • GUNNING FOR IT

    Bernd Leno will start the game at the Emirates tonight with No2 Emiliano Martinez sold to Aston Villa this week.

    Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Pablo Mari, Calum Chambers and Shkodran Mustafi are all out with various injury problems but David Luiz could return.

    Remember, Arsenal go into the weekend's fixtures joint-top with Leicester with three points and a +3 goal difference.

  • GAME DAY

    It is already a whole week since the Gunners kicked off the new Premier League season with that 3-0 win at Fulham.

    And they are back in action tonight.

    Mikel Arteta's side host West Ham at the Emirates in the 8pm game – stay tuned for plenty of build-up including team news and how SunSport thinks Arsenal could line up.

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