8.20am Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Eriksen swoop LATEST, Pepe 'out of his depth', Saliba back to St Etienne

8.20am Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Eriksen swoop LATEST, Pepe 'out of his depth', Saliba back to St Etienne

November 29, 2020

ARSENAL welcome Wolves to the Emirates today as they look to get back to winning ways in the Premier League.

We've the very latest on matters in the transfer market, including the possibility of a January swoop for former Spurs midfielder Christian Eriksen.

Follow all of the latest Gunners news, gossip and updates below…

  • Joe Brophy

    GUNNERS MISFIRING

    Arsenal legend Paul Merson has ripped into his former side, labelling them a mid-table team.

    He told Sky Sports: "You watch them and think they are a middle-of-the-table team.

    "Looking back at that win at Manchester United, it doesn't look so great now. Do not even start me on Manchester United, it's no big licks going there and getting a result at the moment.

    "Where are Arsenal going? People say you can see what Arteta is trying to do, but I'm not sure.

    "I watched Leeds and you can see what they are doing. Some of their passing and movement, you could tell they have worked on it, but I do not see that with Arsenal.

    "Aubameyang is bringing absolutely nothing to the party at the moment. He played central (against Leeds) and he was ineffective as he was before."

  • Joe Brophy

    MORNING, ARSENAL FANS

    Five Gunners will be missing tonight as Mikel Arteta aims to avert an unthinkable fifth defeat in ten Premier League games.

    Nicolas Pepe starts a three-game ban for last weekend's red-card headbutt, while Sead Kolasinac is in isolation and Thomas Partey still out with a thigh strain.

    Willian and Mohamed Elneny are back in contention for 14th-placed Arsenal but Pablo Mari and Gabriel Martinelli remain long-term casualties.

    So can see why boss Arteta is hungry for skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to start firing at home to Wolves.

    Arteta has been criticised for using the Gabon striker wide on the left so often this season – but Aubameyang himself insists he has no problems with it.

    He tells the club’s official matchday programme for this evening's clash: “Everyone knows where I prefer to play but this doesn’t matter because I prefer to have many options than just one.

    "I play everywhere, I don’t mind really, I really don’t mind. I want to help and I want to learn as well."

    Meanwhile, St Etienne are reportedly prepared to welcome back 19-year-old defender William Saliba on loan after a frustrating start to his Arsenal career.

    And the Gunners have signed Manchester United's ex-Spurs right-back Reuell Walters, 15

    Showing he's of the social media generation, the schoolboy tweeted: “New chapter. New beginning… a very special thank you to everyone at Arsenal for believing in me. Excited to get started!”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Willian and Mohamed Elneny are back in contention for Arsenal against Wolves this weekend.

    Brazilian wideman Willian and Egyptuan defensive midfielder Elneny will partly make up for the absence of FIVE players.

  • Ian Tuckey

    DANI DREAMS OF REAL GLORY

    Arsenal loanee Dani Ceballos admits he hopes to play for parent club Real Madrid again.

    Spain playmaker Ceballos, 24, said: “The Bernabeu is the Mecca of football. You can ask Mesut Ozil, who always spoke about Real Madrid as the best club in the world.

    “Wearing that badge is the goal of 99 per cent of footballers. Real Madrid is the owner of my future for the next three years and I am not the one who will decide."

  • Ian Tuckey

    FIVE OUT FOR GUNNERS

    FVIE Gunners are ruled out of Sunday's clash with Wolves.

    Nicolas Pepe begins his three-game bad for a red-card headbutt while Sead Kolasinac tested positive for Covid-19 on international duty with Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    Thomas Partey has been out since a thigh injury against Aston Villa on November 8, with Pablo Mari and Gabriel Martinelli long-term casualties.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ANYWHERE-EMERICK

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang insists he is open-minded about where he plays – amid criticism for Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta over often using the striker wide on the left this season.

    Ahead of Sunday's home Premier League clash with Wolves, Gunners' skipper Aubameyang told the club's official matchday programme: "Everyone knows where I prefer to play but this doesn't matter because I prefer to have many options than just one.

    I play everywhere, I don't mind really, I really don't mind. I want to help and I want to learn as well. 

    "Your movements are different if you play, for example, on the left. You have to play sometimes more in the pocket to try to connect with the midfield players.

    “And it's maybe different with the striker position, as a No 9. It's completely different, sometimes you have to be wide, but when you are a striker you are more central…

    "But I've learnt a lot of things since I've been playing on the left side."

  • Ian Tuckey

    NEW REUELL FOR GUNNERS

    Arsenal have signed ex-Tottenham and Manchester United defender Reuell Walters, 15

    Walters spent just one year at United and tweeted: “New chapter. New beginning.

    “Thanks to God and everyone who has played a part in my journey so far, especially my mum, dad, sister, family, and friends.

    “Also a very special thank you to everyone at Arsenal for believing in me. Excited to get started!”

    The right-back will join up with the Gunners’ Under-16s.

  • Joshua Mbu

    CHRIS OFF

    Inter Milan admit Christian Eriksen is "almost sure" to ask for a January transfer unless he regains his place.

    The Italian giants reportedly offered the Denmark midfielder to Arsenal but are said to value him at £27million, £10m more than they paid Tottenham for the 28-year-old 11 months ago.

    And Inter CEO Beppe Marotta gave a stark assessment of Eriksen's situation under manager Antonio Conte. 

    Marotta told Sky Sports Italia: "If he’ll not play until January, it’s almost sure that he’ll ask to leave the club.

    "We decided to sign him one year ago for €20m. It was a good deal – possible he’s not fit with our way of playing.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    WELCOME BACK

    According to reports, St Etienne are prepared to welcome back William Saliba to end his nightmare start to life at Arsenal.

    Saliba is yet to make a first-team appearance for Arsenal, and has instead featured for the youth side.

    A loan move back to France in January could be on the cards, with former Arsenal defender and current St Etienne captain Mathieu Debuchy insisting that William Saliba "will be welcome".

    Speaking to Telefoot, Debuchy said: "I’m sure in the current state we need two or three players to complete this squad. 

    "Whether it is in defence and perhaps also in attack. I trust the coach to provide these solutions.

    "William… we know his qualities. He was very impressive at Saint Etienne.

    "Unfortunately for him at Arsenal the start didn’t go the way he wanted it to, I think.

    "There is William, there is Wesley [Fofana], these are two defenders who left us and who did incredibly well so it was loss.

    "If William wants to come back this winter he will be welcome and he will have the advantage of knowing the team."

    The 19-year-old has suffered horrible personal tragedy, losing both of his parents before the age of 20.

    A loan move back to his native country could be a good move for the youngster.

    William Saliba is linked with a loan move back to FranceCredit: Getty Images
  • Joshua Mbu

    INJURY BOOST

    Mikel Arteta has been handed a triple injury boost ahead of tomorrow's Premier League clash against Wolves.

    Bukayo Saka, Willian and Mohamed Elneny were all in training today.

    Both Willian and Saka came off in last weekend's draw against Leeds, and Elneny tested positive for covid-19 during the last international break.

    But all three trained with the first-team and are back in contention for selection.

  • Joshua Mbu

    LEAVE ON A HIGH

    Arsenal bid farewell to Highbury 14 years ago and leapfrogged Tottenham to secure fourth-place in the Premier League and a Champions League spot.

    A 4-2 victory over Wigan saw the Gunners close the book on their home of 93 years in fitting manner, with Thierry Henry bagging a hat-trick.

    Take a look at the team which started the final game at Highbury.

  • Joshua Mbu

    FAN DISCONNECT

    Arsenal legend Freddie Ljungberg has spoke out about his brief spell as interim manager of Arsenal – after Unai Emery's sacking.

    Ljungberg described his time at the club as 'turbulent'.

    Speaking to The Telegraph, Ljungberg said: "It was very turbulent. I felt we had probably lost a connection with the fans, and the players were not particularly happy in any shape or form.

    "It’s just how it was, so it was difficult.

    “But when I got asked it was a bit like ‘it’s Arsenal, I’ve been here for 20 years.

    "It wasn’t about if it was the right time or if I should or shouldn’t do it, it was just like they need help and that’s my, not duty, but that’s my loyalty to do it.

    "It felt like there were a lot of things to try to fix, but it was a great experience.

    “I didn’t think about the job becoming permanent because the club were very clear with me and said ‘we’ll look for a replacement while you are working.’

    “In the first meeting. I asked if I could get an assistant who was out of a job to help me and they said ‘no’, so then I kind of knew it was not maybe for the long-term"

     

  • Joshua Mbu

    AROUND THE GROUNDS

    How many fans will be allowed back inside stadiums around the country?

  • Joshua Mbu

    RUN PEPE, RUN!

    Former Arsenal player Ray Parlour believes Nicolas Pepe plays better when he's running at players.

    Pepe played a key role in the win against Molde in the Europa League, opening the scoring in the 50th minute.

    Speaking to talkSPORT, Parlour said: "He was much better [against Molde], I must admit. He’s better when he runs at players, commits players. 

    "He takes the easy option usually in the Premier League. He needs to run at full-backs, make them commit.

    "He’s good when he gets on his left foot, he has a good strike on him and you can see him taking corners. The reason he plays on the right is so he can cut inside and shoot with his left foot. 

    "We always had left wingers who were right-footed, we had Pires, we had Overmars who would cut in and get 20 goals a season.

    "It’s alright doing it against Molde, against the smaller sides, you have to do it against the big sides. He has to make that impact against the Leeds Uniteds and the teams in the Premier League. 

    "He has shown glimpses he can do it in the Premier League, but he hasn’t done it on a regular basis. 

    "Again, when you go back to consistency, you have to do it week in, week out.

    "You need to be a seven or eight out of 10 week in, week out and that’s where you are going to be a real success at your club."

    Ray Parlour wants Pepe to be more consistentCredit: Getty Images
  • Joshua Mbu

    WALTERS SIGNS

    Arsenal have snapped up former Tottenham and Man United youngster Reuell Walters.

    Walters is making the switch from United after spending just one year at the club.

    The Arsenal new boy took to Twitter, saying: "New chapter. New beginning.

    "Thanks to God and everyone who has played a part in my journey so far, especially my mum, dad, sister, family, and friends.

    "Also a very special thank you to everyone at Arsenal for believing in me. Excited to get started!"

    The 16-year-old right-back will join up with the Gunners' Under-16s.

  • Joshua Mbu

    FANS RETURN

    Arsenal are one of the teams allowed up to 2000 fans inside the stadium once lockdown restrictions loosen.

  • Joshua Mbu

    FAN THE FLAMES

    Arsenal fans raged on social media this morning after the club's ticket website crashed under the weight of demand.

    Gunners supporters were desperate to secure one of just 2,000 tickets for Thursday's clash against Rapid Vienna.

    Arsenal supporters haven't seen their club in action since March but will be allowed up to 2,000 fans per match from Wednesday as part of London's Tier 2 restrictions.

    But eager Gunners were left frustrated as Arsenal's website went down.

    One fan said: "So gutted – I’ve waited 9 months to watch Arsenal at the Emirates – I get my chance to get tickets and the website crashes so I can’t get in. Finally get in and all tickets gone."

    Another wrote: "Hey Arsenal, TicketmasterUK got to the front of the queue for tickets and then the system crashed multiple times and booted me out of the queue…what do I do now?"

    And even ITV political editor Robert Peston tweeted: "Trying to buy Arsenal tickets this morning was an especially maddening experience.

    "This is a club that specialises in undermining the good will of fans."

  • Joshua Mbu

    DYNAMIC DUO

    Robert Pires and Thierry Henry are in the top five most prolific pairs Premier League history.

  • Joshua Mbu

    LIN DEMAND

    Spurs legend Gary Lineker has revealed he nearly joined the club's north London rivals Arsenal.

    But in an exclusive interview with The Sun, the 59-year-old said: "Then Tottenham came along and, thank heavens, I ended up with them."

    Lineker left Barcelona to join Tottenham in 1989 and scored 80 goals in three years in north London – guiding them to FA Cup glory in 1991.

    And he recalls how different things could've been if Arsenal had stumped up the transfer fee to take him to Highbury.

    He said: "It was 1989, a year before the World Cup (in Italy), so I thought I was perhaps better off going back to England (after Barcelona).

    "I quite fancied living in London, and Arsenal were the best team at that time.

    “I thought that would appeal, as they were a really good side.

    "But (Gunners then-manager) George Graham was famously quite tight and they got nowhere near the required rate.

    "Then Tottenham came along and, thank heavens, I ended up with them."

    Lineker scored twice for Spurs against Arsenal in the 1991 FA Cup semi-final victory, And Tottenham went on to win the FA Cup with a 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest in the finalCredit: Getty – Contributor
  • Joshua Mbu

    DAN'S REAL DEAL

    Dani Ceballos is still desperate to make it at Real Madrid – after agreeing with Mesut Ozil that they're the 'best club in the world'.

    He told SunSport: “The Bernabeu is the Mecca of football.

    “You can ask Mesut Ozil, who always spoke about Real Madrid as the best club in the world.

    “Wearing that badge is the goal of 99 per cent of footballers.

    “Last year I was happy at Arsenal, and I reached an agreement with Real Madrid to continue for another year.

    “There was no problem because we all understood that it was going to do well for my future.

    “Real Madrid is the owner of my future for the next three years and I am not the one who will decide.

    “At least I’m not going to do it alone because it also depends on the coach and the president.

    “But nobody refuses to play for Real Madrid.”

  • Josh Graham

    WHAT DOESN'T KILL YOU

    Dani Ceballos claimed his scrap with David Luiz will make Arsenal STRONGER.

    The warring pair had to be pulled apart at training after a row boiled over.

    David Luiz and Dani Ceballos had a training ground bust-upCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

    Ceballos, 24, told SunSport: “I’m not going to say that there wasn’t a clash or a scuffle.

    “It was not an exemplary behaviour but it is good to see Arsenal is alive – that the team has character.

    “We are two footballers with very similar leadership qualities and these things can happen.”

  • Josh Graham

    'ART TRANSPLANT

    Arsenal 'were almost dead' before Mikel Arteta arrived, according to Gunners midfielder Dani Ceballos.

    Arteta quit his job as Pep Guardiola's No2 at Manchester City to become the permanent replacement for his sacked compatriot Unai Emery at the Emirates in December 2019.

    Dani Ceballos said Mikel Arteta revived ArsenalCredit: Getty – Pool

    Ceballos exclusively told SunSport: "The team was almost dead – but after Arteta’s arrival we won the FA Cup and the Community Shield.

    “It’s not even a year since he arrived and he has given a radical change to the club.

    “He’s the soul of the club and he’s lucky that the players trust him 100 per cent.

    “Arsenal need him, in part because he takes the initiative most of the time.”

  • Josh Graham

    BACK FOR MAR

    Arsenal defender Pablo Mari returned from injury with the Under-23s last night.

    The Spanish centre-back played the first 45 minutes in the 3-1 win over Derby after not being seen in a senior game since June.

    And fans were quick to praise the former Flamengo ace's performance online.

    One said: "Mari looked pretty good, obviously not the hardest test."

    Another added: "Mari has been fantastic as you expect ina u23 game."

    A third tweeted: "I've come to the conclusion that watching Mari play for the U23 is the best thing ever. Have a good day."

  • Josh Graham

    NO MERSE-Y

    Nicolas Pepe looks 'out of his depth' at Arsenal, according to former Gunners striker Paul Merson.

    The club's record £72million signing has had a mixed week after being dismissed for a headbutt against Leeds before scoring and shining in the 3-0 Europa League win over Molde.

    Merson told Star Sport: "Nicolas Pepe looks out of his depth and he’s going to have to do it against much better teams than Molde to change my opinion.

    "I can understand how he got sent off in the Leeds game. He’s been having a nightmare ever since he joined Arsenal and one Europa League goal in Norway won’t change that.

    "He let his frustration get the better of him against Leeds and did something silly with the headbutt, because things haven’t been going well for him at Arsenal for months.

    "He came in for £70-odd million. If they’d bought him for £20m nobody would be moaning. But the fee brings pressure, and he’s not been able to handle it.

    "I watch him play and I don’t know what he brings to the table. But it’s not his fault Arsenal are struggling."

  • Josh Graham

    RIGHT SAID FRED

    Freddie Ljungberg explained why he left Arsenal's coaching staff in the summer.

    The 43-year-old Swede had stepped back into his coaching role after taking interim charge of the Gunners after Unai Emery was sacked.

    He said: "What changed on a match day was that I would sit up in the stand to look down. I’d have an earpiece with the bench.

    "I would say how the opponents pressed.

    "If there was a hole somewhere, if one of their players was not holding the line, if we should attack on that side or we’re having a problem with something, our player isn’t doing what we’ve coached in the week.

    "It can be difficult to see everything when you sit down there (in the dugout), so I made notes, did drawings, I’d speak to the bench, come down at half-time and tell them what I’d seen.

    "Of course, it was different from being on the bench but that was what Mikel’s staff wanted and (what) I had to accept and do."

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