8.15am Arsenal news LIVE: Aouar transfer LATEST, Martinelli UPDATE, Molde build-up in Europa League clash – The Sun

8.15am Arsenal news LIVE: Aouar transfer LATEST, Martinelli UPDATE, Molde build-up in Europa League clash – The Sun

November 6, 2020

ARSENAL return to Europa League action this evening as Mikel Arteta's side face Molde.

New signing Thomas Partey is getting lavish praise after a strong start in a Gunners shirt, while Bukayo Saka has been included in a list of the top 10 most valuable youngsters in the world.

Follow ALL of the latest Gunners transfer gossip and news below…

  • Joe Brophy

    AUBA THE TOP

    Mikel Arteta doesn’t want Roy Keane to take offence on his behalf because he’s quite happy with his players calling him by his name.

    Professional grouch Keane ripped into Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for referring to Arteta as ‘Mikel’ during a post-match interview on Sunday.

    Arteta said: “I was told that Roy had mentioned this and I understand why he is saying that as a player, but I have given the players the choice to call me whatever they feel comfortable with.

    “The French guys call me coach and there are other people at the training ground who call me boss. It’s not an issue for me. I don’t feel disrespected.”

  • Gary Stonehouse

    GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

    Mikel Arteta doesn’t want Roy Keane to take offence on his behalf because he’s quite happy with his players calling him by his name.

    Professional grouch Keane ripped into Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for referring to Arteta as ‘Mikel’ during a post-match interview on Sunday.

    Arteta said: “I was told that Roy had mentioned this and I understand why he is saying that as a player, but I have given the players the choice to call me whatever they feel comfortable with.

    “The French guys call me coach and there are other people at the training ground who call me boss. It’s not an issue for me. I don’t feel disrespected.”

    Meanwhile, Arsenal have named three youngsters in their Europa League squad for Molde, as Arteta has included Zane Monlouis, Omari Giraud-Hutchinson and Charlie Patino.

    Defender Monlouis plays at centre-back and left-back, while Patino is a midfielder and Giraud-Hutchinson can play on the wing.

    Finally, Arsenal are ready to let frustrated William Saliba leave on loan in January.

    Arteta said: “I’m fed up with the situation because we tried to find a way to give him some football in the last days of the transfer window and for many reasons that didn’t happen.

    “William still needs to go through a transition year and with the amount of central defenders that we have, we’ve had to leave him out of the squad which is painful.

    “We will review his situation in the next few weeks and sit down with him and see what is the best thing to do.

    “But whether he goes on loan will depend on him and on the situations of the other players as well.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    FROM SUNSPORT’S MARTIN LIPTON

    Premier League clubs are poised to make a pay-per-view U-turn — because of lockdown.

    They have been under pressure to make a decision on what to do with the games not being shown on Sky or BT after the international break.

    The top flight had been veering towards cutting the controversial £14.95-a-game charge to either £9.95 or £7.50.

    But with the country now under lockdown until December 2, Prem bosses are set to suggest the best option would be a short-term return to the Project Restart situation, where all matches were available to fans.

  • Anthony Chapman

    FROM SUNSPORT’S MARK IRWIN

    Mikel Arteta doesn’t want Roy Keane to take offence on his behalf because he’s quite happy with his players calling him by his name.

    Professional grouch Keane ripped into Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for referring to Arteta as ‘Mikel’ during a post-match interview on Sunday.

    Arteta said: “I was told that Roy had mentioned this and I understand why he is saying that as a player, but I have given the players the choice to call me whatever they feel comfortable with.

    “The French guys call me coach and there are other people at the training ground who call me boss. It’s not an issue for me. I don’t feel disrespected.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    BUK THE TREND

    Former Arsenal star Kevin Campbell believes Bukayo Saka is on course to become a world-class player.

    He told Football Insider: “I seriously believe in this kid. When you look at all of the talent that is coming through [at Arsenal], he is the best of that bunch. He is the best.

    “Saka is never fazed by anything. Play for England? Not fazed. Play in a big game for Arsenal? Not fazed. He just goes about his business.

    “The fact that he is a lefty also gives balance to the team. Having a couple of lefties in the team makes the world of difference.

    “I love Bukayo Saka. I am so glad that he has signed a new contract because I think that he has got a massive future ahead of him and it is at Arsenal.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    PABSOLUTELY FABULOUS

    Pablo Mari has delivered a message to Arsenal fans as he looks to bounce back from injury.

    The Brazilian defender hasn't featured since hurting his ankle in June.

    But Mari has a positive outlook, saying: “Step by step. Getting stronger every day.”

    View this post on Instagram

    Step by step. Getting stronger everyday💪 __ Paso a paso. Cada día más fuerte 💪 __ Passo a passo. A cada dia mais forte 💪

    A post shared byPablo Marí (@pablomv5) on

  • Anthony Chapman

    PIN IT TO WIN IT

    Arsenal have joined the race for Mexican winger Orbelin Pineda.

    90min claims Spurs, Everton and Wolves are also interested in the Cruz Azul star.

    But Pineda could fancy a move to the continent instead, with the likes of Ajax, Porto and Monaco keen as well.

  • Anthony Chapman

    LU ARE YA?

    David Luiz is back in training with Arsenal.

    And he could be in line to start tomorrow night against Molde in the Europa League.

    One man who certainly looks happy to see him is fellow Brazilian defender Gabriel – who has ironically ousted Luiz from his favoured central position in Arsenal's back five.

  • Anthony Chapman

    EXCLUSIVE BY ISABELLE BARKER

    Sky Sports are set to nick the Women’s Super League broadcasting rights from rivals BT Sport – with a deal to be announced in the coming weeks.  

    The broadcaster is said to be on the brink of sealing a contract that kick-starts from the beginning of the 2021-22 season.

    The new deal is yet to be confirmed but SunSport understands that an announcement will be made soon.

  • Anthony Chapman

    YOUNG GUNS

    Arsenal have named three youngsters in their Europa League squad for Molde, as Mikel Arteta has included Zane Monlouis, Omari Giraud-Hutchinson and Charlie Patino.

    Defender Monlouis bolsters Arteta's options with the ability to play centre-back and left-back.

    Central midfielder Patino is believed to have caught boss Arteta's eye after he moved him into first-team training in September.

    While left-sider Giraud-Hutchinson is another one to look out for as he attempts to follow in the footsteps of Bukayo Saka.

  • Anthony Chapman

    PARTEY PARCEL

    Gabriel Magalhaes was Arsenal's best summer signing, not Thomas Partey, Gary Neville has hinted.

    He told Sky Sports after the 1-0 win against Man Utd: “Arsenal's defensive performance has been brilliant, from front to back, but the back three have been good.

    “Gabriel has been fantastic, so far I'd say he's been the best player on the pitch, for me.

    “[Rob] Holding's been good in the right centre-back position as well.

    “He was brilliant, Mikel Arteta, in the way in which he set his team up.

    “[Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang got the goal, which his team deserved.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    FROM SUNSPORT’S MARK IRWIN

    Arsenal are ready to let frustrated William Saliba leave on loan in January after manager Mikel Arteta admitted he is ‘fed up’ with the defender’s situation.

    He said: “I’m fed up with the situation because we tried to find a way to give him some football in the last days of the transfer window and for many reasons that didn’t happen.

    “William still needs to go through a transition year and with the amount of central defenders that we have, we’ve had to leave him out of the squad which is painful.

    “We will review his situation in the next few weeks and sit down with him and see what is the best thing to do.

    “But whether he goes on loan will depend on him and on the situations of the other players as well.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    POTENTIAL LINE UP

    With two wins already under his belt in the Europa League, Mikel Arteta can afford to rest his big guns against Molde.

    The Gunners host the Norwegian side tomorrow and are big favourites to get the job done.

    And it could prove the perfect opportunity to start his fringe players and give them the chance to impress ahead of Sunday's clash with Aston Villa.

  • William Pugh

    DEAL OR NO DEAL

    The ten highest release clauses in world football are ALL from LaLiga.

    Not a single Premier League star makes the list as Real Madrid and Barcelona are taking no risks when it comes to losing their big-name stars.

    Barca found out the hard way in 2017 when Paris Saint-Germain matched Neymar's £198m release clause and landed the Brazilian.

    Therefore it is no surprise that they have since learned their lesson.

    Barca and their fierce rivals dominate the list of the highest release clauses in world football as SunSport reveal the top ten.

  • William Pugh

    MIKEY TAKER

    Mikel Arteta has played down his contribution to Arsenal's upturn in form.

    Speaking ahead of their Europa League game against Molde, Arteta said: “No, it's down to the players on how they perform and what they are able to achieve and do on the football pitch.

    “I'm just here, another piece around the club to help them achieve as much as possible.

    “To give them confidence, to pass onto them my idea of how we have to play, how we have to live together, how I understand this profession and I know how complicated it is.

    “It's been almost 11 months, almost four of them sitting at home, for the first job I think it's very special circumstances and I think we have tried to manage it in the best possible way.”

  • William Pugh

    KS-AYE AYE

    Arsenal have tweeted to congratulate YouTube star KSI for a second week at number one in the charts for his song 'Really Love' with Craig David.

    KSI is a huge Gunners fan.

  • William Pugh

    NO WAY JOSE

    Jose Mourinho insists Harry Kane is not a cheat like other Premier League stars.

    The Tottenham boss is furious after his striker was accused of winning a VAR penalty against Brighton’s Adam Lallana on Sunday.

    Mourinho said: “You are confused because you could be speaking about some Manchester United players.

    “You could be speaking about some Man City players, you could be speaking about some Liverpool players, you could be speaking about some Chelsea players and yet you're speaking about Harry Kane?

    “He was in a position to control the ball in a dangerous position and Lallana came in with a very reckless action and committed a foul.

    “What are you speaking about being clever or being not clever? Being clever is to hold the ball and shoot and score. It was a foul.”

  • William Pugh

    SHEAR CLASS

    Former Premier League striker Alan Shearer is impressed with Arsenal's recruitment this summer.

    Speaking after the Gunners' impressive win at Old Trafford on the weekend, he heaped praise on Gabriel and Thomas Partey.

    He said of Gabriel: “Kept Manchester United’s twin threat of Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood very quiet on a memorable afternoon for Arsenal. Another impressive signing.”

    And describing the Ghanaian midfielder, Shearer said: “Partey was magnificent and looks to be developing a great partnership with Mohamed Elneny. He could prove to be a brilliant signing.”

  • William Pugh

    FAB SELECTIONS

    Cesc Fabregas has shared his Fantasy Premier League team online and he has Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as captain.

    The former Arsenal and Chelsea man also snubbed old rivals Manchester United with ZERO Red Devils in his squad.

  • William Pugh

    DOWN IN THE DOMPS

    AC Milan are reportedly preparing a January bid for Arsenal target Dominik Szoboszlai.

    Italian outlet Gazetta dello Sport suggest the Serie A outlet will make a £22million bid for the RB Salzburg ace.

    The Gunners have been linked with the playmaker for months.

    Szoboszlai finished last season with 18 assists and 12 goals in all competitions.

    And the 20-year-old has managed five goals and eight assists so far this campaign.

  • William Pugh

    LU-K WHO IS BACK

    David Luiz is fit for selection ahead of Arsenal's Europa League game against Molde.

    An update on the Gunners' website explained the Brazilian has got over a thigh injury sustained against Leicester on October 25.

    It read: “David Luiz. Left thigh. Sustained slight thigh issue during Leicester City (h) on 25 October.

    “Now back in full training and available for selection.

    “No further issues from Sunday’s match.”

  • William Pugh

    DAN AND OUT

    Southampton and England have suffered a huge injury blow after Danny Ings was ruled out until Christmas which could see him miss the Saints' game at Arsenal on December 15.

    The hotshot striker has been in scintillating form for both club and country this season.

    Ings, 28, was forced off in the 85th minute of the 4-3 Premier League win at Aston Villa on Sunday with a knee injury.

    Now he will be out between ‘four and six weeks’ after surgery tomorrow after breaking down in training with the blow on Tuesday.

    Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl confirmed: “The scan was not too bad, he started running yesterday and the knee was swollen afterwards.

    “He had pain and it was a situation where he immediately stopped. We decided to have another look and it was decided to have the operation now.”

  • William Pugh

    ON BAL-ANCE

    Arsenal fans want Folarin Balogun to make his first start against Molde tomorrow.

    The Gunners face the Norwegians in the Europa League, and Mikel Arteta is expected to make changes.

    Arteta shuffled his pack for the Dundalk game last week and Gonners think Balogun could benefit from the policy this time around.

    The 19-year-old striker made his Arsenal debut off the bench against Dundalk.

    But Gunners fans want to see the teenager from the off against Molde.

  • William Pugh

    HELPING HAND

    Diego Maradona is “resting” in his room after an 80-minute operation for a blood clot on his brain.

    The 60-year-old legend faces up to a week in hospital before he is allowed home after undergoing surgery at the private Olivos Clinic on the outskirts of Buenos Aires.

    Daughter Dalma, who rushed to her father’s side on Tuesday after it emerged medics had discovered the bleed on his brain during a CT scan, tweeted overnight: “I’ve just left the clinic and I want to thank everyone for their constant displays of love for my dad. Thanks to all those of you who prayed for him.”

    The retired footballer’s personal physician Leopoldo Luque, speaking around an hour after the op finished at 10.20pm local time, added: “Diego tolerated the surgery excellently and he’s doing very well.

    “We’ve left a small tube in to facilitate drainage which will be removed today. Him coming round after the surgery was a very big step. The haematoma has been evacuated very well and his brain beat is recovering.

    “His evolution now has to be monitored day by day. The beginning has been very good for an operation which is not of high-complexity, but is nevertheless brain surgery.”

  • William Pugh

    EL OF A PLAYER

    Mohamed Elneny is lighting up Arsenal after winning over Mikel Arteta with his sunny disposition.

    The Egyptian international has been a bit-part player at the Emirates ever since he was signed from Basel for a bargain £5million fee almost five years ago.

    And it looked as though he had reached the end of the road when he was shipped out on loan to Besiktas by Unai Emery last season.

    But Arteta said: “I like players who have zero ego, who want to contribute to the team whether it’s for one minute or 96 minutes and contribute all the time to our culture by giving positive feedback all the time.

    “That’s not just on the pitch, but also on the training ground when you are not selected. What can you bring to the group, how can you help and what are you contributing?

    “What Mo transmits to the team is special. Don’t forget that I played with him and I know his qualities as a person.”

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